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The purpose of the present study was to investigate the profile of digital dictionary users as well as the effects of age, gender and career orientation on the use of digital dictionaries. A total of 1,141 individuals, aged 15-64 years old, participated in a large-scale empirical study. Data were collected through the online self-report questionnaire Strategy Inventory for Electronic Dictionary Use (SIEDU) which can be used to assess strategic use of electronic dictionaries and contains the following subscales: 1) familiarity with different types of electronic dictionaries and the conditions of their use; 2) strategies for lemmatization and acquaintance with dictionary conventions; 3) navigation skills; and 4) look-up strategies in new electronic environments. Results indicated significant main effects of gender and age on digital dictionary use, but a non-significant effect of career orientation. These results suggest that instruction for strategic dictionary use should be introduced in classroom so that appropriate dictionaries are used in all courses regardless of the field of study.
Keywords: dictionary use strategies; digital dictionary use; SIEDU; users’ profile; career orientation
Cite this article:
Gavriilidou, Z., Mavrommatidou, S., & Markos, A. (2020). The effect of gender, age and career orientation on digital dictionary use strategies. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 9(6), 63-76. https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2020.5046