Computer literacy and computer use among college students: Differences in Black and White

Randolph Hawkins, Arthur E. Paris

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Abstract

This article examines differences in use of and familiarity with computing technology between Black and White undergraduate college students. It is based on data drawn from a large northeastern private university during academic year 1994-95. The main findings are that (a) Black students enter the university with fewer infotechnology skills and are less familiar with computers than are their White student peers; (b) these differences in computer usage and familiarity are not minimized by collegiate experience and may even be increased; and (c) institutional factors may be responsible for these differences. Additionally, significant differences were found between Black and White students in terms of their computing platform preferences (e.g, Apple/Macintosh versus IBM-based PCs).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Negro Education
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology

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