Assessing Motivations for Learning Informatics and Possible Influences of Parents’ Interests in Technology among Japanese Junior High Students
Tuesday, March 27 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Location: Edison Ballroom D
Presider: Laurie Sharp, West Texas A&M University, United States
Abstract: Three-hundred twenty-six (326) Japanese students from three junior high schools, aged 14 to 15 years old, completed a 80-item Likert-style questionnaire that included portions of the previously-validated Computer Attitude Questionnaire and study habits and students’ perceptions of what their parents expected them to be. The characteristics of high achievers were greater perseverance, seeking praise, and not being picky what subject to study. Boys who seek more praise were especially high achievers, while this was not the case for the girls. The effects of parental expectations on informatics achievement was limited. Suggestions for how teacher preparation could be benefit from knowledge of these types of associations are discussed in the later portion of this paper.