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Online Submission, Paper presented at the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology Conference (Rome, Italy, Apr 25-27, 2008)

The aim of this study is to find out and analyze the role of gender and age on the perceptions of students to the distant online program offered by Vocational High School in Sakarya University. The research is based on a questionnaire as a mean of data collection method to find out the role of age and gender on the student's perceptions toward online education, and the study progressed through finding relationships between the variables used in the data collection instrument. The findings of the analysis revealed that although the students registered to the online program by will, they preferred the traditional face-to-face education due to the difficulty of the nonverbal communication, their incompetence of using the technology required, and their belief in traditional face-to-face learning more than online education. Regarding gender, the results showed that the female students have a better perception of the online education as opposed to the male students. Regarding age, the results showed that the older the students are the more is their preference towards attending face-to-face classes. (Contains 1 table.)

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Online Courses, Questionnaires, Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Vocational High Schools, Laboratory Schools, Asynchronous Communication, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Web Based Instruction, Electronic Learning, High School Students, Gender Differences, Age Differences





Author: Dabaj, Fahme

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=4453&id=ED505026



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