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Exploring Malaysian university students’ awareness of green computing

Tunku Ahmad, Tunku Badariah and Bello, Abdullahi and Nordin, Mohamad Sahari (2013) Exploring Malaysian university students’ awareness of green computing. GSTF International Journal on Education, 1 (2). pp. 92-102. ISSN Print ISSN: 2345-7163, E-periodical: 2345-7171)

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Abstract

This study explored Malaysian university students’ awareness of green computing in two aspects, i.e. vocabulary and issues, and sought to ascertain whether these two aspects were influenced by gender and field of study (ICT versus non-ICT). A total of 224 university students from ICT- and non-ICT related fields participated in the survey. Students filled out a green computing questionnaire with 21 items measuring awareness of vocabulary and issues. Descriptive statistics, independent-samples t-test and Principal Components Analysis (PCA) were used to analyze the data. Results show that a majority of students lacked awareness of terms, ideas and issues central to green computing, such as E-PEAT, Energy Star, green PC, Malaysia Green Technology Policy, e-waste, and carbon-free computing. The PCA analysis extracted two factors, named Environmental Protection and Nature of Computers, that could be used to explain students’ lack of familiarity with green ICT. Field of study was shown to impact awareness in all the aspects measured in favor of students educated in ICT-related fields, but the findings produced mixed gender effects. The results indicate the need for green computing education to be integrated into higher education curriculum and for university-led green initiatives to be implemented on Malaysian university campuses to increase awareness in the subject matter.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1870/33423
Uncontrolled Keywords: carbon-free computing, eco-friendly computing, environmental sustainable computing, green computing
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr Tunku Badariah Tunku Ahmad
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2013 11:55
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2014 15:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/33423

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