ERIC Number: ED472669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Sep-15
The Internet Goes to College: How Students Are Living in the Future with Today's Technology.
This study examined the Internet's impact on college students' daily lives and the impact of that use on their academic and social routines. Students from 27 colleges and universities participated. The sample was tested and found to be reflective of the national population of college students. Roughly half the students were given a questionnaire asking questions about their academic use of the Internet; and half were given a questionnaire dealing with their social uses of the Internet. In all, 2,054 surveys were returned. In addition, data was collected by a team of graduate student researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago observing behavior of college students at 10 Chicago area institutions of higher education. Additional material for the study was based on findings of surveys of Americans about their use of the Internet conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates in 2001 and 2002 for the Pew Internet & American Life Project. A Summary of Findings at the beginning of this report highlights results under three main findings: college students are early adopters and heavy users of the Internet; college students say the Internet has enhanced their education; and college social life has been changed by the Internet. (AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Students, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Use, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Internet, Social Behavior, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Student Surveys, Use Studies
Pew Internet & American Life Project, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-296-0019; Web site: http://www.pewinternet.org. For full text: http://www.pewinternet.org/reports/toc.asp?Report=71.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pew Internet and American Life Project, Washington, DC.
Note: Pew Internet Project Survey Analysis: Mary Madden, Research Specialist; Research assistants: Lisa N. Clarke, Sabryna Cornish, Margaret Gonzales, Camille Johnson, Jessica N. Lawson, Smret Smith, Sarah Hendrica Bickerton, Megan Hansen, Guenther Lengauer, Luciana Oliveria, Wendy Prindle, James Pyfer.