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IT Haves and Have Nots: IT Practices & Skills of Australian Transition University Students (2000)

IT Haves and Have Nots: IT Practices & Skills of Australian Transition University Students (2000)
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Author(s): Andrew Stein (Victoria University of Technology, Australia) and Annemieke Craig (Victoria University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: 2001
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Information Technology in a Global Economy
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-07-5.ch021

Abstract

This paper looks at the changing patterns of technology use that transition students are bringing to University. Are transition students coming to University with technologically advanced skills? Are University departments and schools able to adapt to this changing pattern of use? This report is the latest in a six-year longitudinal study analysing the information literacy and knowledge trends of transition students at VUT. General Information Technology (IT) practices looked at the availability of IT to the students and specific IT skills refers to the use of business IT packages. Main findings are that home access to a computer has peaked, home Internet usage is escalating, computer knowledge and confidence is falling and a gap in IT skills is opening between dot.com transition students and other students.

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