Perceptions, Beliefs, and Attitudes of First Year Third-Level Students: An Empirical Study of Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Finnish, and Irish Students

Brown, K. , Lopes, A. P., Soares, F., Larionova, V., Cellmer, A. and Hurme, J. H. (2018) Perceptions, Beliefs, and Attitudes of First Year Third-Level Students: An Empirical Study of Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Finnish, and Irish Students. In: 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2018), Valencia, Spain, 5-7 March 2018, pp. 1734-1739. ISBN 9788469794807 (doi:10.21125/inted.2018.0301)

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Abstract

The contemporary skillset of undergraduates includes a degree of sophistication in the application of ICT within their daily lives as well as within the higher education environment. The assumption of the student as a digital native, with the ability to cognitively process information in an ICT focused educational environment, is omnipresent in higher education. It has been suggested this assumption does not aid learning and adds an additional burden on the student. This study investigated whether experiences and perceptions, of mathematics and online assessment, are common to students studying in different countries and their respective higher education systems. The purpose of the investigation was to determine what issues influence the attitudes of students in the application of ICT for the online assessment of mathematics in the first year of undergraduate programmes. The investigation was conducted online by means of a quantitative questionnaire, consisting of 16 survey items, using Google Forms to self-selecting students (n=374) across several academic disciplines including engineering, business studies, media, and tourism. The survey was delivered in English to the majority students and translated to Russian for the Russian students to enable each group to reply in their own native language. The questionnaire design utilized a 6-point Likert scale where students were asked to express their experiences and perceptions of mathematics and online assessment in their chosen programme of study. The data was exported to IBM SPSSv24 and regression analyses were conducted to ascertain possible associations and relationships between the two student groups in the case study. The results of the investigation reveal some peculiar features and the respective investigation outcomes of the investigation will be utilized in the design of learner-centered assessments and shared with international partners.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brown, Kenneth
Authors: Brown, K., Lopes, A. P., Soares, F., Larionova, V., Cellmer, A., and Hurme, J. H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
ISSN:2340-1079
ISBN:9788469794807
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED)
First Published:First published in INTED2018 Proceedings: 1734-1739
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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