Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
Sixty-eight participants were introduced to computers through 5 workshops. Seniors worked in dyads with either one shared computer or a computer for each participant. Social interactions while working on the computers between partners were examined. In addition, participants completed a total of five surveys across the sessions to determine whether the introduction of the computers had any impact on their attitudes towards computers and technology. Differences were found for the types of social interaction engaged between the one computer and two computer conditions. Specifically, participants in the one computer condition engaged in a significantly greater amount of problem-solving, as well as general conversation, with their partners than did participants in the two computer condition. No significant changes in attitudes towards computers were found over the 5 weeks. The implications for learning as well as suggestions for future research are discussed.
Webb, Melanie Jennifer, "Social interaction and attitudes towards computers in seniors" (2004). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 760.