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Examining student outcomes in university computer laboratory environments: Issues for educational management

Michael Newby (California State University, Fullerton, California, USA)
Laura D. Marcoulides (California State University, Fullerton, California, USA)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 20 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to model the relationship between student performance, student attitudes, and computer laboratory environments.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from 234 college students enrolled in courses that involved the use of a computer to solve problems and provided the laboratory experience by means of formal closed laboratory classes. The a priori proposed model that student performance can be explained by perceptions of the computer laboratory environment and attitudes towards computer was tested using structural equation modeling.

Findings

The proposed model was determined to fit the data reasonably well. These results indicate that student performance scores can be explained by perceptions of the computer laboratory environment and attitudes toward computers.

Originality/value

The theoretical and practical implications of the model concerning student performance within the framework of educational management are discussed.

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Citation

Newby, M. and Marcoulides, L.D. (2008), "Examining student outcomes in university computer laboratory environments: Issues for educational management", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 22 No. 5, pp. 371-385. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513540810883122

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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