How do gender, Internet activity and learning beliefs predict sixth-grade students’ self-efficacy beliefs in and attitudes towards online inquiry?

Posted on 15.09.2021 - 12:06

Today’s students search, evaluate and actively use Web information in their school assignments, that is, they conduct an online inquiry. This current survey study addresses sixth-grade students’ self-efficacy beliefs in and attitudes towards online inquiry, and to what extent free-time and school-related Internet activity, gender and learning beliefs explain these. The questionnaire was administered in 10 schools to 340 sixth-graders in Finland. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses revealed three elements of self-efficacy beliefs: self-efficacy in Web searching, the evaluation of sources and synthesising information. Furthermore, attitudes towards online inquiry loaded into two factors: a positive and a negative attitude towards online inquiry. A structural equation model was used to analyse the effects of the explanatory variables on the factors. The results of this work suggest that gender and free-time Internet use predict most sixth-graders’ self-efficacy beliefs in and attitudes towards online inquiry.

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Sormunen, Eero; Erdmann, Norbert; Otieno, Suzanne CSA; Mikkilä-Erdmann, Mirjamaija; Laakkonen, Eero; Mikkonen, Teemu; et al. (2021): How do gender, Internet activity and learning beliefs predict sixth-grade students’ self-efficacy beliefs in and attitudes towards online inquiry?. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.5619275.v1
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AUTHORS (11)

Eero Sormunen
Norbert Erdmann
Suzanne CSA Otieno
Mirjamaija Mikkilä-Erdmann
Eero Laakkonen
Teemu Mikkonen
Md Arman Hossain
Roberto González-Ibáñez
Mario Quintanilla-Gatica
Paavo HT Leppänen
Marja Vauras
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