ERIC Number: EJ1089808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Exploring the Self-Reported ICT Skill Levels of Undergraduate Science Students
Heerwegh, Dirk; De Wit, Kurt; Verhoeven, Jef C.
Journal of Information Technology Education: Research, v15 p19-47 2016
Computers have taken an important place in the training of science students and in the professional life of scientists. It is often taken for granted that most students have mastered basic Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) skills; however, it has been shown that not all students are equally proficient in this regard. Starting from theories of socialization and technology acceptance we report how we constructed a structural equation model (SEM) to explore the variance in the basic ICT skill levels of science students. We also present the results of a test of this model with university bachelor's science students. Basic ICT skills were measured using a new, elaborate instrument allowing students to rate their skills in detail. Our results show that science students score high on basic ICT skills and that our SEM explains a large part of the variation in the ICT skill levels of these students. The most explanatory power is coming from four variables: the perceived ease of use and the perceived usefulness of a personal computer, the anxiety for using a personal computer, and students' belief that ICT is necessary for scientific research.
Descriptors: Information Technology, Computer Literacy, Knowledge Level, Undergraduate Students, Science Education, College Science, Structural Equation Models, Factor Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Student Characteristics, Scores, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Self Efficacy, Socialization, Prior Learning, Competence, Computer Attitudes, Anxiety, Foreign Countries, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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