Tijdschrift voor onderwijsrecht en onderwijsbeleid issue:6 pages:538-556
Recent years the role of ICT in higher education has got a lot of attention. This research wants to contri bute to this field. The research draws an image of the limitations of new learning environments and at the same time nuances classical theories of equality cl opportunities in education. Based on quantitative data (an e-survey among freshmen of a large univei sity in the first semester of the academie year 2004-2005) we investigate the influence of the social back¬ground of the freshmen, and their material and social learning environment on the use of ICT, their ICT skills, and their attitudes towards ICT. Further, we in¬vestigate whether there is a correlation between
lear¬ning styles of students and their approach to ICT. We conclude, using regression analysis, that certain social background characteristics of students, their learning environment and their field of study play a key role in the use of ICT. Moreover we find a weak, but sig¬nificant correlation between the approach to ICT and the learning styles of students.