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Maintaining Stress - Digital Inequalities in Access and Maintenance between Native and International Students

Formella, Julian (2021) Maintaining Stress - Digital Inequalities in Access and Maintenance between Native and International Students.

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Abstract:Laptops, tablets, and other devices are an integral part of university students ‘everyday life. Which is accompanied by the digitalization of educational infrastructure (Vega-Hernández et al., 2018). However, this integration does not always produce benefits, especially for already marginalized students. Accessing and maintaining devices is still a problematic endeavor for some students, with often dramatic consequences (Petro et al., 2020). Thus, the current study investigated inequalities between native and international students in accessing and maintaining study devices, as well as the consequences of them. Combining both qualitative and quantitative data, from interviews and a path model, hypotheses were tested. Results revealed the complex practices employed by students when maintaining their study devices. Moreover, the important and recursive role of students' technology attitudes was revealed. Last, suggestions both towards future research and programs to reduce the investigated inequalities were made.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88634
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