Causal Relationships between Internet Use and Information Literacy : A Three-Wave Panel Study of Junior High School Students Causal Relationships between Internet Use and Information Literacy : A Three-Wave Panel Study of Junior High School Students

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In the present study, we conducted a three-wave panel study with an interval of half a year in order to examine whether spontaneous use of the Internet by junior high school students improved their information literacy and its sub-skills. Structural equation analyses of data obtained from 539 students revealed that most of the short-term effects that developed within half a year failed to show positive significance. The longer-term effects that developed within a year, however, often indicated positive significance, mainly in terms of web-page creation or e-mail use. These results implied that sufficient time was necessary for spontaneous Internet use to develop information literacy. In addition, the positive effect of Internet use on the ability to create (the ability of an individual to create information based on his/her own ideas and opinions) and the positive effect of web-page creation on information literacy were identified. These effects were rarely reported in previous studies.

Journal

  • Educational technology research

    Educational technology research 29(1-2), 25-36, 2006

    Japan Society for Educational Technology

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110006793690
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00174437
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    ART
  • ISSN
    0387-7434
  • Data Source
    CJP  NII-ELS  J-STAGE 
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