Digital divide: addressing Internet skills. Educational implications in the validation of a scale

Keywords: digital inclusion, Internet skills, skill recognition, survey research, reliability, Confirmatory Factor Analysis


Recent studies indicate that Internet skills have a positive impact on academic achievement. This article presents a national study that seeks to validate an Internet skills scale that was already tested in other EU countries (the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) to understand the competence level of the population as a whole as well as across population sectors. The scale questionnaire was completed by a sample of the Italian population stratified by gender, age and geographical area. The result is globally consistent at the empirical level as well as at the cross-national level. All the five scales showed excellent internal consistency.


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Surian, A., & Sciandra, A. (2019). Digital divide: addressing Internet skills. Educational implications in the validation of a scale. Research in Learning Technology, 27.
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