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ERIC Number: EJ1004056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0268-0513
The Viability of E-Textbooks in Developing Countries: Ghanaian University Students' Perceptions
Asunka, Stephen
Open Learning, v28 n1 p36-50 2013
As higher education institutions the world over are gradually transitioning to e-textbooks, this study explored Ghanaian undergraduate students' awareness, experiences and perceptions of e-books, particularly with regard to their acceptance of e-textbooks as eventual replacements of physical textbooks. A total of 253 undergraduate students at a private university in Ghana participated in the study by responding to paper-based questionnaires administered over a four-week period. Analysing data with simple descriptive statistics and content analysis, the findings reveal that students generally have a fair idea of what e-books are, and also acknowledge the potential benefits of e-textbooks. However, a significant number do not presently use e-books. On the whole, students are strongly averse to using e-books and other Internet-based electronic resources in place of physical books for academic purposes. Factors influencing these perceptions are discussed within the broader context of barriers to effective e-textbook adoption and usage in developing countries. (Contains 2 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ghana