Title: Information and communication technologies in the life of university freshmen: an analysis of change
Authors: Verhoeven, Jef ×
Heerwegh, Dirk
De Wit, Kurt #
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Computers and Education vol:55 pages:53-66
Abstract: The passage from secondary school to university puts students in an environment with different expectations.
Not only the expectations towards learning might change, but also towards ICT competences and
computer use. The purpose of this article is to find out whether freshmen, after 6 months at the university,
changed their self-perception of ICT competences and computer use in comparison with their behaviour
at secondary school, and what factors can explain the self-perception of ICT competences and
computer use in secondary school, in the university and their possible change. Based on a panel research
among 714 freshmen of a large university, this article answers the following questions: (1) What is the
self-perception of ICT competences among freshmen and is there a change in this self-perception
6 months after entering the university? (2) How often and for what purpose do freshmen use a computer
and is there a change in the frequency of the use of a computer? (3) What factors might influence this
attitude, behaviour, and possible change? In function of the basic components of Unified Theory of Acceptance
and Use of Technology (Venkatesh, Morris, Davis, & Davis, 2003) hypotheses was developed and
tested to answer these questions. Students who consider the computer to be a useful instrument, have
control over the computer, possess a certain level of Internet competence, and are at ease with computers
are more likely to have the skills needed to maintain a computer, to develop a web site, and to use basic
ICT skills. The predictors have little influence on Internet usage. The same predictors contribute modestly
to the explanation of the different frequencies of computer use, and a few of the predictors explain parts
of change in ICT skills and frequency of computer use.
ISSN: 0360-1315
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Sociological Research
Office for Educational Policy (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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