Computer experiences and attitudes of Japanese pharmacy students

Edward P. Armstrong, Eiichi Akaho, James W. Tysinger

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the computer experiences and attitudes of first- and fourth-year Japanese pharmacy students. An existing questionnaire that asked questions about computer hardware and software owned, reported level of expertise with software applications, attitudes and concerns about computers, and demographic information was translated into Japanese. After ensuring the accuracy of the translation, first- and fourth-year pharmacy students completed the survey. This study found that most of these Japanese pharmacy students did not frequently use computers. About one-quarter of the students owned a home computer. Slightly more than 10% of the students reported that they could use word processing programs. Their attitudes about computers were positive. Most stated that they should possess basic computer skills when graduating from pharmacy school. The students also indicated that they would rather learn from computers than attend lectures or read texts or journals. However, 63 first-year (32%) and 45 fourth-year (43.7%) students said that microcomputers were too complicated for them to use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalEducation and Information Technologies
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

Keywords

  • Cirriculum development
  • Computer literacy
  • Software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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