Gender Differences In Attitudes Toward Computers And Performance In The Accounting Information Systems Class

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Mary Jane Lenard
Susan Wessels
Cindi Khanlarian

Keywords

Gender issues in accounting, computer attitudes, skill self-assessment

Abstract

Using a model developed by Young (2000), this paper explores the relationship between performance in the Accounting Information Systems course, self-assessed computer skills, and attitudes toward computers.  Results show that after taking the AIS course, students experience a change in perception about their use of computers.  Females’ self-evaluation of their computer skills improved significantly after the course, while males’ self-evaluation showed no change.  Females also received significantly higher grades compared to males.  There was a significant relationship between confidence and self-assessed computer skills.  This study shows that the AIS course is successful in developing students’ confidence in using computers.  Training that results in accurate self-assessment of skills may influence the choice of careers and one’s future success in those careers.  

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