2016, Volume 12, Issue 1
Digital empowerment level of physical education and sports students
Baybars Recep EYNUR1
1Physical Educaiton and Sport Vocational College, Dumlupınar University, Kütahya, Turkey
Author for correspondence: Baybars Recep EYNUR; Physical Educaiton and Sport Vocational College, Dumlupınar University, Kütahya, Turkey; email: eynurspor[at]gmail.com
Background and Study Aim: It is generally accepted that digital empowerment has been rapidly developing with new technologies. The aim of this study is knowledge about digital empowerment level of physical education and sport students.
Material and Methods: In the study, digital empowerment scale developed by Akkoyunlu et al. was used in order to determine digital empowerment of the students. The research sample was the 286 students of Dumlupınar University (DPU) School of Physical Education and Sport (BESYO who were chosen from the population.
Results: It was determined 73% of the students had high motivation level; 64.7% of them had medium and 19.6% of them had low technical access level; 49% of the students had high empowerment level; 50% of the students had high digital empowerment level. It was determined that there was a significant difference (p<0.05) in awareness and motivation subgroups of the students between groups according to gender variable; there was also a significant difference (p<0.05) in awareness sub-dimension between groups according to department variable. There was not a significant difference in digital empowerment level of DPU BESYO students according to department variable (p<0.05).
Conclusions: Digital empowerment issue has a right place in the needs of the individuals to take place in the future education and sports organisations. Digital empowerment should definitely be in the future undergraduate and postgraduate education and it is a skill level considered to be important in career planning for any state and private sector education and sports organisations. Besides, technology seminars should regularly be arranged in undergraduate fields for the current compulsory subjects at universities.
Key words: motivation, digital divide, awareness, technical access