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Attitudes of Design Students Toward Computer Usage in Design

  • Şule Taşli Pektaş
  • Feyzan Erkip
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Abstract

The success of efforts to integrate technology with design education is largely affected by the attitudes of students toward technology. This paper presents the findings of a research on the attitudes of design students toward the use of computers in design and its correlates. Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools are the most widely used computer applications in design. An instrument was developed and applied for the first time to relate computer attitude to design field through CAD. Interior architecture undergraduates of Bilkent University participated in the survey. As a result, students’ attitudes toward the use of computers in design were found to be positive. A significant gender difference in attitudes toward computers was observed with males having more positive attitudes than females. The results also revealed that students’ attitude toward computer usage in design was highly related to their general attitude toward computers, but it was not correlated with their perception of instructors’ attitude toward the use of computers in design.

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CAD computer attitudes design education gender differences 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Şule Taşli Pektaş
    • 1
  • Feyzan Erkip
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Faculty of Art, Design and ArchitectureBilkent UniversityAnkaraTurkey

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