An investigation of computer literacy and attitudes amongst Greek post-graduate dental students

Divaris, Kimon; Polychronopoulou, Argy; Mattheos, Nikos (2007). An investigation of computer literacy and attitudes amongst Greek post-graduate dental students. European journal of dental education, 11(3), pp. 144-7. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/j.1600-0579.2007.00437.x

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An accurate assessment of the computer skills of students is a pre-requisite for the success of any e-learning interventions. The aim of the present study was to assess objectively the computer literacy and attitudes in a group of Greek post-graduate students, using a task-oriented questionnaire developed and validated in the University of Malmö, Sweden. 50 post-graduate students in the Athens University School of Dentistry in April 2005 took part in the study. A total competence score of 0-49 was calculated. Socio-demographic characteristics were recorded. Attitudes towards computer use were assessed. Descriptive statistics and linear regression modeling were employed for data analysis. Total competence score was normally distributed (Shapiro-Wilk test: W = 0.99, V = 0.40, P = 0.97) and ranged from 5 to 42.5, with a mean of 22.6 (+/-8.4). Multivariate analysis revealed 'gender', 'e-mail ownership' and 'enrollment in non-clinical programs' as significant predictors of computer literacy. Conclusively, computer literacy of Greek post-graduate dental students was increased amongst males, students in non-clinical programs and those with more positive attitudes towards the implementation of computer assisted learning.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > School of Dental Medicine > Department of Periodontology

UniBE Contributor:

Mattheos, Nikolaos

ISSN:

1396-5883

Publisher:

Wiley-Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Eveline Carmen Schuler

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:54

Last Modified:

25 Jan 2017 12:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1600-0579.2007.00437.x

PubMed ID:

17640257

Web of Science ID:

000253385100003

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/23208 (FactScience: 40592)

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