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Influence of usage of e-books, online educational materials, and other programming books and students’ profiles on adoption of printed programming textbooks

Rex Perez Bringula (College of Computer Studies and Systems, University of the East, Manila, The Philippines)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Article publication date: 7 November 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to determine the influence of students’ profiles and the usage of e-books, online educational materials, and other programming books on the adoption of printed programming textbooks for computing students. It was hypothesized that the predictor variable set could not explain any of the variance of the dependent variables.

Design/methodology/approach

This descriptive study utilized a content-validated questionnaire. The study involved 190 student participants. Canonical correlation analysis was employed to determine whether students’ profiles and use, perceived usefulness, and preference of e-books, online educational materials, and other programming books explained any variance in printed programming textbook adoption.

Findings

Printed programming textbook adoption could be explained by two functions. The first function revealed that the use and the perceived usefulness of textbooks were positively influenced by the use of e-books and other programming books and by the perceived usefulness of e-books, fora/blogs, other programming books, and YouTube. The second function revealed that the use of printed programming textbooks alone was positively influenced by the use of e-books and other programming books but was negatively influenced by the perceived usefulness of programming websites and YouTube and by the preference of programming websites over textbooks.

Originality/value

The study provided empirical evidence that e-books, other programming books, and online educational materials provide additional resources to students. Thus, e-books, online educational materials, and other programming books complement, rather than threaten, the existence of printed programming textbooks.

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Acknowledgements

The author is greatly indebted to the participants of the study. This paper is partially funded by the University of the East.

Citation

Bringula, R.P. (2017), "Influence of usage of e-books, online educational materials, and other programming books and students’ profiles on adoption of printed programming textbooks", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 51 No. 4, pp. 441-457. https://doi.org/10.1108/PROG-06-2015-0046

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