Perceptions of Student Computer Skills
It basically suggests that students are more confident in their ability to perform basic to advanced computer skill (word processing, PowerPoint, and Excel) than what they can actually perform. Out of the 171 undergraduates tested, 81 percent of students believed they had average stills in PowerPoint, which they did. This was the most accurate perception. However, when working with spreadsheets, 69 percent of students thought they had an average skill level with spreadsheets, but could not perform basic and advanced tasks. Slightly better was their perceived word processing skills: 75 percent perceived a high skill level, while performing 12 out of the 13 basic tasks (e.g. changing the font), five out of the 10 moderately difficult tasks (e.g. word counts), and none of the advanced tasks (e.g. copying and pasting items from the clipboard).
The take home message is that students may think they can perform certain computer skills, but are actually unable.
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