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A Survey of First-Year University Students' Ability to use Spreadsheets

Author(s): Lim, K.

Journal: Spreadsheets in Education
ISSN 1448-6156

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 52;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: information and communication technologies (ICT) | ICT competency | ICT skill | computer literacy | spreadsheets | teaching and learning

Universities are using more information and communication technologies (ICT) in their teaching and learning environments. An anonymous multiple-choice survey self-assessed the spreadsheet skills of students enrolled in first-year units at the beginning of 2003. The results of the survey indicate significant deficiencies in the use of spreadsheets. There is a significant proportion of students who are unable to use spreadsheets as part of their education at the start of their university studies. The implications for tertiary education are discussed.
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