Attitudes to learning with digital technology: Examining gender, year level and school decile differences

Albert K Liau, Mustafa Asil, Alison Gilmore

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

Abstract

The purpose of the present study was to
examine gender, year level, and school decile
(school
socioeconomic status) differences in students’ attitudes towards digital technology in New
Zealand. The present study examined students’ attitudes toward digital technology utilizing
the expectancy-value model of achievement motivation. The data collected were part of the
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA). NMSSA is designed to
assess and understand student achievement across the curriculum at Year 4 and Year 8 in
New Zealand’s English-medium state schools. Students at both Year 4 and Year 8 had
generally positive attitudes toward digital technology. Generally, the association between
attitudes toward digital technology and school decile was weak. Multivariate, multilevel
analyses controlling for school decile were used to examine gender and year level differences
in attitudes toward digital technology. For Expectancy, compared to boys, girls had lower
levels at both Year 4 and Year 8. The difference was of a small effect size. There were no
year level differences. For Value, girls scored lower than boys at Year 4 but there was no
difference at Year 8. The results suggest that there is a small gender digital divide in New
Zealand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on The Future of Education (IConFEd) 2018
PublisherIPGKTB
Pages838-851
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2018
EventInternational conference on the future of education : Enhancing Teacher Quality for Better Education - Bayview Hotel George Town , Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 10 Jul 201812 Jul 2018
http://www.ipgktb.edu.my/iconfed/

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Conference on The Future of Education (IConFEd)
ISSN (Electronic)1985-1731

Conference

ConferenceInternational conference on the future of education
Abbreviated titleIconFEd 2018
Country/TerritoryMalaysia
CityPenang
Period10/07/1812/07/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • digital technology
  • expectancy-value
  • multilevel analyses
  • gender differences

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