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Student Views on the Cost of and Access to Textbooks: An Investigation at University of Otago (New Zealand)
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Open Praxis Volume 9, Number 4, ISSN 1369-9997 e-ISSN 1369-9997 Publisher: International Council for Open and Distance Education

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The rising cost of textbooks is influencing students\u2019 choice of courses, as well as the quality of their learning experience once they are enrolled in a course, according to recent studies. This paper builds on those studies by exploring the possible effects that textbook costs may be having on study behaviours of students at one New Zealand tertiary institution: University of Otago. Perceptions of undergraduate students (n-811) about cost of, and access to, textbooks and possible influences on their study behaviours were gathered through a questionnaire. Results showed that students: are more likely to buy textbooks than access them through libraries; experienced purchasing expensive textbooks that were rarely used; questioned the value of textbooks; described alternative resource-seeking behaviours; and are heavily reliant on alternatives suggested by lecturers. Perceptions about affordability and academic value, access issues and consequential influences on study-related behaviours and attitudes are discussed.

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Stein, S., Hart, S., Keaney, P. & White, R. (2017). Student Views on the Cost of and Access to Textbooks: An Investigation at University of Otago (New Zealand). Open Praxis, 9(4), 403-419. International Council for Open and Distance Education. Retrieved August 13, 2020 from .

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