Date of Award

1-1-2013

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation

Department

Educational Studies

Sub-Department

Counselor Education

First Advisor

Joshua Gold

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to investigate the differences in comfort with technology in middle school counselors in South Carolina. The researcher’s goal was to determine the effects of years of experience, technology training, gender, and age on middle school counselors’ comfort with technology.

After a review of literature, it was determined that this study was warranted to determine middle school counselors’ comfort with technology. As technology progresses, it is critical that school counselors are appropriately trained to utilize technology in their work. Their comfort levels with technology should be as strong as their ability to use a computer. New school counselors are typically highly trained in the use of current technology. Many veteran school counselors may or may not have the same comfort levels with their newer school counselor colleagues.

The researcher used the forty-item Computer Attitude Scale (CAS) as a survey instrument to determine new and veteran middle school counselors’ computer anxiety, confidence, liking and usefulness. Data was collected from middle school counselors in South Carolina by using a survey mailing. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data.

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