A Comparison of ICT Skills of Students Across Europe

Haywood, J and Haywood, D and Macleod, H and Baggetun, R and Baldry, A P and Harskamp, E and Teira, J and Tenhonen, P (2004) A Comparison of ICT Skills of Students Across Europe. JeLit 1(2).

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Abstract

The key role of ICT in modern education and employment is generally accepted within Europe. At policy level ICT is also seen as an enabling factor for greater mobility of students and workers, both physically and virtually. However, few data are available as to the degree of similarity of European students in terms of their ICT skills and attitudes, an important ingredient in mobility. During 2000-1, we gathered information from 13,000 new and established students at seven European universities about their skills with various ICT applications, their approaches to training and support, and their views about the importance of ICT in their future studies and careers. We wished to gauge the extent to which European students are equipped with the necessary ICT skills and attitudes for current university studies and graduate employment, and the influence on these of gender and subject area.

We concluded that the majority of students at these universities had adequate ICT skills for the needs of their university curricula at any of the universities, and for employment across Europe. Moreover their positive attitudes and confidence towards ICT supported them in these areas, although a minority were less well-equipped and merited continuing attention. Differences between male and female students and those studying different subjects were small.