THE ROLE OF GENDER AND AGE ON STUDENTSí PERCEPTIONS TOWARDS ONLINE EDUCATION
CASE STUDY: SAKARYA UNIVERSITY, VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
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 studentís 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.