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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

In this study the impact of perceived computer experience on the behavior and performance of students in an introductory information systems (IS) course with both lab and lecture components was examined. Perceived computer experience was predicted to affect behavior and performance in the course because of its relationship to positive internal attitudes towards computers and because students' perceptions of their computer experience are related to their actual level of knowledge about computers. The results of the study showed that higher levels of perceived computer experience positively affected lecture and lab homework and exam performance. In addition, higher levels of positive class behaviors (attendance and extra-credit participation) positively affected both lecture and lab exam performance. Gender and lab/lecture section were included as control variables and both had an impact on behavior and performance. Women participated more in extra-credit opportunities. Lecture and lab sections varied significantly with regard to attendance, extra-credit participation, lab homework, and lab and lecture exam performance. These results are discussed in the context of previous research on factors affecting introductory information systems course performance and prior research on the effects of prior computer experience on learning.

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