UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ SKILLS IN USING THE INTERNET FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES AND THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Kyrgios Nikolaos, Olga Tzafea, Theodoros Thanos

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This article focuses on digital skills competence of students in higher education. It is considered to be one of the most prominent scientific research topics in recent decades since it leads to the digital divide. Based on the theory of Bourdieu, this research describes quantitative data with the aim to investigate the presence of the digital divide in higher education. The findings show that the students’ socioeconomic status influences the level of skills development. The relationship between SES and students’ skills shows the presence of the digital divide in higher education that increases learning inequalities. It concludes that the bridging of the digital divide has to be a priority for policies in order to implement new digital teaching and learning processes at all levels of education. New practices also have to be applied in higher education institutions and support students digitally promoting them to acquire sufficient skills and to make more effective use of the Internet.

 

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higher education, Internet use, digital skills, digital divide

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