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Attitudes and Self-Efficacy in Young Adults' Computing Autobiographies Andrew J. Ko
 

Summary: Attitudes and Self-Efficacy in Young Adults' Computing Autobiographies
Andrew J. Ko
The Information School | DUB Group
University of Washington
ajko@u.washington.edu
Abstract
Little is known about the formation of people's first
perceptions about computers and computer code, yet it
is likely that these impressions have a lasting effect on
peoples' use of technology in their lives and careers.
Brief autobiographical essays about these first
impressions were solicited from a diverse population of
young adults and these essays were analyzed for
factors that contributed to positive and negative
attitudes about technology, formation of self-efficacy,
and authors' relationship with computing later in life.
The results suggest that first encounters with code must
be accessible, error-tolerant and socially engaging, that
mentorship can be a crucial factor in the acquisition of
programming skills, and that cultivating positive self-

  

Source: Anderson, Richard - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences