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Gender differences in the usage and attitudes toward the internet among student teachers in a public Malaysian university


Wong, Su Luan and Ng, Siew Fung and Atan, Hanafi (2008) Gender differences in the usage and attitudes toward the internet among student teachers in a public Malaysian university. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 5 (6). pp. 689-697. ISSN 1546-9239; ESSN: 1554-3641


The problems of gender disparity in the usage and attitude towards the Internet have received considerable interest among researchers. Most findings have revealed that females are at a disadvantage compared to their male counterparts where Internet usage is concerned. They have unequal access, a low rate of usage and exhibit negative attitudes towards the Internet (Nachmias et al., 2000; Sherman et al., 2000; Madell & Muncer, 2004). Prompted by these observations, this study was carried out to investigate the gender disparity in Internet usage and the attitudes among 152 student teachers (80 females and 72 males) at a public Malaysian university (Universiti Putra Malaysia). The results of this study revealed no gender disparity in Internet usage; the female student teachers were found to spend as much time using the Internet as their male counterparts. These results accordingly contradicted the common findings of other researchers. The results also revealed that the students exhibited positive attitudes toward the Internet regardless of gender, again in contradiction to most other findings. Possible reasons and the implications of these findings will be elaborated and discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2008.689.697
Publisher: Science Publications
Keywords: Internet attitudes; Internet use; Gender differences; Gender similarities; Gender gap; Internet functionalities
Depositing User: Emelda Mohd Hamid
Date Deposited: 08 May 2014 06:43
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2017 09:06
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/14858
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