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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 6: Conclusions and Recommendations

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205 Chapter 6: Conclusions and Recommendations 6. Introduction The purpose of the research was two folds: • Empirically validate the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) and analyze how it varies across behavioural in- tention to use the computer. • Explore contribution of computer education to social empowerment of Muslim minority women and detect thoughts and aspects of key informants about the potential of social participation of minority women through computer education. The conclusions from this study follow the research questions and the findings, and therefore address 1) psychological factors that influenced the Behavioural Intention of women of the sample to use the computer 2) experiences on ICTs that women interviewees had, aspects on infrastructure, multiplier impact, reasons for computer use and use of the Internet, social and psychological impact by the computer use, education impact and educators, women’s opinions on key informants action for their computer literacy 3) key informants’ relation to ICTs and key informants’ views on minority women and ICT and their action on that issue. Following is a discussion of the major findings and conclusions drawn from this research. This discussion is followed by the researcher’s recommendations for further research and finally by the contribution of the research. 6.1 Conclusions 6.1.1 Psychological Factors Influenced Behavioural Intention to Computer Use This chapter portrayed the psychological factors that influenced the Behavioural Intention of a sample of 137 Muslim minority women to use the computer. The analysis of quantitative findings showed that Muslim minority women in...

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