Reviews and Practice of College Students Regarding Access to Scientific Knowledge: A Case Study in Two Spanish Universities

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14 (5), 51-68, 2013

18 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2014

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Jose-Manuel Saez-Lopez

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED)

Jose-Maria Ruiz-Ruiz

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

Maria Luz Cacheiro-Gonzalez

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED)

Date Written: January 30, 2013

Abstract

This study analyzes the concepts, attitudes, and practices of 327 pedagogy students from two major Spanish universities related to the process of finding academic information utilizing open access. A training program has been developed through an innovation project (PIMCD) to address the problem of the lack of university training designed to enable students to access reliable sources of scientific knowledge. A mixed questionnaire with a pretest-posttest design, applying a descriptive analysis, a factor analysis, and a Wilcoxon test was administered to students. The results show that it is essential to provide information and training to encourage university students to learn how to find and manage rigorous and reliable sources of information. While searching for academic information, Spanish students tend to focus on the use of Google and, to a lesser extent, Google Scholar. Although there are no significant limitations of access to Spanish language articles, students’ attitudes remain very positive towards the concept of open access. In short, in accordance with the study results, the promotion of educational activities relating to the search for and selection of information and the use of reliable and rigorous academic content is highly recommended in the university context.

Keywords: ICT; open access; educational innovation; training

Suggested Citation

Saez-Lopez, Jose-Manuel and Ruiz-Ruiz, Jose-Maria and Cacheiro-Gonzalez, Maria Luz, Reviews and Practice of College Students Regarding Access to Scientific Knowledge: A Case Study in Two Spanish Universities (January 30, 2013). International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 14 (5), 51-68, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2532169

Jose-Manuel Saez-Lopez (Contact Author)

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED) ( email )

Calle Bravo Murillo, 38
Madrid 28006, Madrid 28040
Spain

Jose-Maria Ruiz-Ruiz

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) ( email )

Carretera de Humera s/n
Madrid, Madrid 28223
Spain

Maria Luz Cacheiro-Gonzalez

Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia (UNED) ( email )

C/ Juan del Rosal, 14
Madrid, Madrid 28040
Spain

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