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The capability approach as a tool for development evaluation: analyzing students' use of internet resources
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1076-3442
Örebro University, Örebro University School of Business. (Informatik)
2012 (English)In: Information Technology for Development, ISSN 0268-1102, E-ISSN 1554-0170, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 23-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Internet resources have been ascribed transformative powers in the development of educational organizations and students in developing regions. However, most development projects relating to Internet resources focus on publishing material without much analysis of the actual use. The question then is how we can go deeper in our analysis and study actual development outcomes. The analysis in this paper is based on Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach where both the means and ends are evaluated. The research question is “What are the benefits of using Amartya Sen’s Capability Approach when evaluating development outcomes?”. We answer the question by evaluating what capabilities and functionings Internet resources can enable for students in higher education. Findings show that the Capability Approach enables us to gain a deeper understanding of why and how development outcomes are achieved. We are also able to follow the development process from the intervention to the realized outcomes. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2012. Vol. 18, no 1, p. 23-41
Keywords [en]
Internet resources, education, the Capability Approach, Amartya Sen, human development
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Information Systems
Research subject
Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-21420DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2011.617722ISI: 000299345500003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84856090905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-21420DiVA, id: diva2:486315
Available from: 2012-01-30 Created: 2012-01-30 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved
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1. The capability approach in ict4d research
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2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2013. p. 195
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Örebro Studies in Business - Dissertations ; 6Örebro Studies in Informatics
Keywords
ICT4D, the capability approach, development as freedom, education, ICT, development
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Information Systems
Research subject
Informatics
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-27673 (URN)978-91-7668-937-0 (ISBN)
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2013-06-04, Hörsal M, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2013-02-25 Created: 2013-02-25 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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