The Gender Differences in Acquiring Information and Computer Skills among Undergraduate Students in Kuwait
Abstract: The increasing number of students admitted to universities puts a burden on academic libraries and makes orientation tours insufficient and time consuming. Researchers see the provision of academic courses for freshmen students as a necessity. This paper attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of teaching information and computer skills to biological sciences freshmen students at Kuwait University and see if there is a difference in acquiring information technology skills between male and female students. A questionnaire including the terminology needed was distributed at the beginning and the end of the semester. Data were subject to some descriptive statistical techniques and statistical tests to determine the existence of significant associations among the variables. The results showed that female students started at a lower level in their pre-knowledge of information and computer terminology from that of male students, but the post-knowledge results showed a great improvement for female students who reached a similar level after taking the course.