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Internet per week at 7.6 hours. This finding would tend to support the assumption that
tenure-track faculty members would have had more exposure to using the Intemrnet to
conduct research and in the classroom and would be more likely to make more use of the
Internet than their tenured colleagues.
Although there appeared to be a large difference in usage among the discipline
areas, this difference was not statistically significant. It was interesting to note that social
sciences faculty members reported the highest average weekly use of the Intemrnet. They
averaged nearly 1.3 hours a week more than their colleagues in the humanities (9.15
hours as compared to 7.9 hours). Sciences faculty members reported an average of 8.5
hours per week of Intemrnet use.
As previously noted, there were no statistically significant differences on
question 14, "how would you rate your ability to use the Intemrnet: expert, intermediate, or
novice?" Responses by either tenure status or by discipline areas tended to be either
expert or intermediate. Among the tenure status groups, tenured faculty members
responded with the highest percentage of novice searchers (18.6%). In the discipline
areas, sciences faculty members reported the highest number of expert searchers (34.3%).
The questionnaire also included a "Comments" section. Appendix F reproduces
these comments by discipline area and tenure status. The analysis of the comments is
included in the section concerning the interview phase of this research project.
Following the techniques of theoretical sampling as outlined in Chapter 3, a
selection of 14 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the discipline areas of the
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