Descriptive Study of Student's Attitudes Toward Communicating Computers in an Elementary Science Methods Course

Assist. Prof. Dr. Gulsen BAGCI KILIC

This research study was conducted in Indiana University in the fall semester of 1998-99 academic-year. The aim of the study was to analyze the affect of using telecommunication technologies on pre-service teachers’ attitudes toward computers and their attitudes toward communicating on computers. The telecommunication technologies integrated were Alta Vista Forum and Tapped In. Alta Vista Forum is an electronic conferencing program and Tapped In is a Multi User Virtual Environment. A survey was applied as pretest and posttest to observe attitudinal change of students.

KEYWORDS: Attitudes toward Computers, Attitudes toward Communicating on Computers, Telecommunication Technologies, Science Education.