Evaluating Gender Differences of Attitudes and Perceptions Toward PowerPoint for Preservice Science Teachers
Leonard A. Annetta 1 * , David Slykhuis 2, Eric Wiebe 1
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1 North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
2 James Madison University, MD, USA
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Abstract

Microsoft PowerPoint™ has become the generic name used when describing slideware applications. This study analyzed the gender differences of participant attitudes and perceptions of various components of PowerPoint™ presentations. Preservice science teachers (none licensed, mostly undergraduates) viewing PowerPoint™ presentations of science content provided the data. The components of the presentations studied were: text, graphics, the combination of text and graphics, narration, and appropriate use of PowerPoint™ for teaching and learning science content. The affect of animations viewed in prior participant PowerPoint™ experiences was also ascertained. A Kruskal-Wallis test was calculated to analyze the differences between genders for the perceived effectiveness of aforementioned components of PowerPoint™. Results showed a significant difference (H<0.05) for the affect of graphics in PowerPoint™ on gender. Females found the integration of graphics in PowerPoint™ to be a more effective approach to learning science than did males.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.12973/ejmste/75410

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2007 - Volume 3 Issue 4, pp. 297-304

Publication date: 23 Dec 2007

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