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Keywords

Computer anxiety, Computer Anxiety Scale, Nursing students, Teaching strategies

 

Authors

  1. OZBICAKCI, SEYDA PhD, RN
  2. BEKTAS, MURAT , PhD
  3. CETIN, EMINE RN
  4. UYSAL, NURCAN , PhD

Abstract

The ameliorating influence of different teaching strategies on Turkish nursing students' computer-related anxiety was evaluated in this study. Research data were gathered from a Computer Anxiety Scale before the teaching strategies were put into practice on 134 undergraduate nursing students, and again afterward. Two teaching methods, participative and traditional, were used. Before training, only 64.2% of the participative method group had an e-mail address, and 14.9% had a computer at home. The other group was similar. After training, the participative method group scored significantly lower than did the traditional method group (P > .05). We conclude that nursing trainers should prefer participative teaching strategies to effectively reduce computer anxiety. Participative methods also have a positive effect on human and computer interaction.