Computer Literacy and Computer Use Among College Students: Differences in Black and White

  • Hawkins R
  • Paris A
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This article examines differences in use of and familiarity with computing technology between Black and White undergraduate college students. It is based on data drawn from a large northeastern private university during academic year 1994-95. The main findings are that (a) Black students enter the university with fewer infotechnology skills and are less familiar with computers than are their White student peers; (b) these differences in computer usage and familiarity are not minimized by collegiate experience and may even be increased; and (c) institutional factors may be responsible for these differences. Additionally, significant differences were found between Black and White students in terms of their computing platform preferences (e.g, Apple/Macintosh versus IBM-based PCs).

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  • Randolph Hawkins

  • Arthur E. Paris

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