CONCURRENT SESSION 5A
Friday 8 September 2017
Time: 9.00am - 10.30am
Agnes Wong Soon
National University of Samoa
Students’ attitudes towards Computing
Technology as a tool to enhance learning and improving everyday lives, it has evolved rapidly over the years. Samoa as one of the tiniest islands in the Pacific, the introduction of Technology was declared the biggest changing event for our people. With the computer technology and from land lines to holding mobile phones was considered to be one of the terrified experience within the Samoan community. Their fear of not knowing how to use and they are reluctant to accept technology and how it is changing the world. This paper is focused in determining which of the three chosen factors including prior knowledge, culture and peer support that affected the students’ attitudes who are currently studying a Computer Application Course in the National University of Samoa. Mixed methods was used to analyse the results for this report. All the students are Samoan and have completed the Foundation Certificate Programme. Students’ attitudes are measured using the Likert Scale from Strongly Disagree to Strongly Agree and their achievements based on their course work was extracted for comparisons. As supported by the literature, prior knowledge and peer support among other factors were influencing students’ attitudes towards their achievements. Unfortunately, the instrument used was unable to provide enough details and it was difficult to make any conclusions on the culture factor if it was influencing students’ achievements and attitudes.
Agnes Wong Soon is a Computing Lecturer at the National University of Samoa. She graduated with Bachelors in Science major in Computing from the National University of Samoa in 2006. She started teaching Science and Computer Studies in Avele College in 2007 one of the local High Schools and started teaching Computer Studies at the National University of Samoa the following year up until now. She has recently completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Science majoring in Computing from the National University of Samoa. As a student, she has completed two papers on Mobile Usage Patterns and Students’ attitudes towards Computing. Her research interests as a Computing Lecturer are based on helping students with their achievements using Technology. Her passion for teaching and helping students with their goals have lead her to complete an Adults Teaching Programme from the Oloamanu Centre at the National University of Samoa in 2016.