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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 2, No. 4 (2006) open journal systems 


Perceptions of information and communication technology among undergraduate management students in Barbados

Glenda Gay, Department of Management Studies, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill C
Sonia Mahon, The University of the West Indies, Barbados
Dwayne Devonish, The University of the West Indies, Barbados
Philmore A Alleyne, The University of the West Indies, Barbados
Peter G Alleyne, The University of the West Indies, Barbados


Abstract
This exploratory study examined attitudes and usage of ICT among undergraduate management students in Barbados. Of the sample of 166 students, the majority indicated they had access to a computer, and had access and regularly used the Internet. In addition, more females than males had access to a computer off campus. Over 90% used the course-based WebCT, whereas only 30% used the Campus Pipeline. The study showed that students were generally favourable towards ICT. Males were more inclined to incorporate ICT in web-based instruction compared to other teaching activities. Older students were more interested in using ICT only as a supplement to teaching activities. The findings suggest high usage of and positive attitudes toward ICT among tertiary level students. University administrators need to address the gender and age differences regarding ICT usage as well as develop strategies to maintain positive student attitudes and high usage of ICT.


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International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology. ISSN: 1814-0556