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


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 3: Methodology


3. Introduction and Overview

The purpose of this multi-case study is to explore the impact of technology adoption on the empowerment of Muslim minority women in Thrace. The study is carried out under three parts; each with a different set of objectives since the best way to understand what is going on in a community is to collect information using a variety of methods. The initial part is aimed at testing the Technology Acceptance Model and the Theory of Planned Behaviour to detect the psychological factors that contribute to women’s behavioural intention to use the computer. The following part seeks to study empowerment flowing from computer access and use. The final part explores the view of key informants, distinguished members of the minority, on the subject of the research. The researcher realized that a better understanding of this phenomenon would allow the indication of fruitful choices and suggestions for the improvement of the status of these women with a justification of the fact that resilient communities can only exist where women are playing a full and active part. In pursuit of this phenomenon, the study addresses three research questions:

1. In which level does computer education and digital literacy contribute to Muslim minority women’s empowerment and social participation?

2. Which are the behavioural intention-factors influencing Muslim minority women’s computer usage?

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