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The Role of Computer Education in the Social Empowerment of Muslim Minority Women in Greek Thrace

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Keratso Georgiadou

This book explores the Muslim minority women’s perceptions of how computer education can lead them to social participation. Moreover, it discusses the contribution of (administrative) members of the community to this effort. The analysis of quantitative findings shows that Muslim women in Greek Thrace exhibit a more western-oriented behavioural intention to use computers. By evaluating multiple interviews, the author presents how women use the potential of computer education for social participation and empowerment. In doing so, she emphasises the role of information and communications technology as a window to the outside world.

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Chapter 5: Discussion

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173 Chapter 5: Discussion 5. Introduction The previous chapter presented the findings of this study by organizing data from various sources into categories to produce a readable narrative. The study was carried out in three parts by using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods so as to provide richer information about the problem being addressed: • The initial part, was was devoted to empirically validate the Technology Ac- ceptance Model (TAM) and the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and ana- lyze how it varies across computer attitude. • The second part assessed the benefits of computer education in terms of the nature and extent of empowerment experienced by 28 women of the minority. • The final part, explored through 30 interviews the thoughts and the attitudes of the key informants about the potential of social participation of minority women through computer education. Finally, Muslim minority women’s perceptions of how the computer education could lead them to pathways for their social participation were explored, and, moreover the contribution of members of their community in administrative positions, to this effort was detected. The purpose of this chapter is to provide interpretative insights into these find- ings as it attempts to reconstruct a more holistic understanding. The discussion takes into consideration the literature on empowerment of women through ICTs. 5.1 TAM and TPB Metod A significant difference in computer ownership was found between dwellers of the prefectures of Rodopi and Xanthi, with a higher percentage for those in Ro- dopi, and between town and village...

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