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Gender differences in the ICT profile of University students : a quantitative analysis

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This study responds to a call for research on how gender differences emerge in young generations of computer users. A large-scale survey involving 1138 university students in Flanders (Belgium) was conducted to examine the relationship between gender, computer access, attitudes, and uses in both learning and everyday activities of university students. The results show that women have a less positive attitude towards computers in general. However, their attitude towards computers for educational purposes does not differ from men’s. In the same way, being female is negatively related to computer use for leisure activities, but no relationship was found between gender and study-related computer use. Based on the results, it could be argued that computer attitudes are context-dependent constructs and that when dealing with gender differences, it is essential to take into account the context-specific nature of computer attitudes and uses.
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university students, survey, path analysis, ICT, gender, computer use, computer attitudes

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Tondeur, Jo et al. “Gender Differences in the ICT Profile of University Students : a Quantitative Analysis.” JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES 3.1 (2016): 57–77. Print.
APA
Tondeur, J., Van de Velde, S., Vermeersch, H., & Van Houtte, M. (2016). Gender differences in the ICT profile of University students : a quantitative analysis. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES, 3(1), 57–77.
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Tondeur, Jo, Sarah Van de Velde, Hans Vermeersch, and Mieke Van Houtte. 2016. “Gender Differences in the ICT Profile of University Students : a Quantitative Analysis.” Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies 3 (1): 57–77.
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Tondeur, Jo, Sarah Van de Velde, Hans Vermeersch, and Mieke Van Houtte. 2016. “Gender Differences in the ICT Profile of University Students : a Quantitative Analysis.” Journal of Diversity and Gender Studies 3 (1): 57–77.
Vancouver
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Tondeur J, Van de Velde S, Vermeersch H, Van Houtte M. Gender differences in the ICT profile of University students : a quantitative analysis. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES. 2016;3(1):57–77.
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J. Tondeur, S. Van de Velde, H. Vermeersch, and M. Van Houtte, “Gender differences in the ICT profile of University students : a quantitative analysis,” JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 57–77, 2016.
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  abstract     = {This study responds to a call for research on how gender differences emerge in young generations of computer users. A large-scale survey involving 1138 university students in Flanders (Belgium) was conducted to examine the relationship between gender, computer access, attitudes, and uses in both learning and everyday activities of university students. The results show that women have a less positive attitude towards computers in general. However, their attitude towards computers for educational purposes does not differ from men’s. In the same way, being female is negatively related to computer use for leisure activities, but no relationship was found between gender and study-related computer use. Based on the results, it could be argued that computer attitudes are context-dependent constructs and that when dealing with gender differences, it is essential to take into account the context-specific nature of computer attitudes and uses.},
  author       = {Tondeur, Jo and Van de Velde, Sarah and Vermeersch, Hans and Van Houtte, Mieke},
  issn         = {1781-1902},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES},
  keywords     = {university students,survey,path analysis,ICT,gender,computer use,computer attitudes},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {57--77},
  title        = {Gender differences in the ICT profile of University students : a quantitative analysis},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.11116/jdivegendstud.3.1.0057},
  volume       = {3},
  year         = {2016},
}

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