ERIC Number: ED466607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Role of Age and Efficacy on Technology Acceptance: Implications for E-Learning.
McFarland, Daniel J.
As educational institutions continue to explore e-learning alternatives and as people continue to choose e-learning over traditional programs, additional empirically-supported research is required to understand the impacts and implications of e-learning. The objective of this study was to investigate the role of age and efficacy on computer usage behaviors and attitudes. The Technology Acceptance Model and Self-Efficacy Theory were used to guide the design of the study. Data were collected using a questionnaire survey administered to high school students and to industry professionals. A total of 676 people of differing ages and backgrounds were analyzed. The findings support the validity and appropriateness of the Technology Acceptance Model and Self-Efficacy Theory for explaining computer usage in academic setting. Furthermore, the results suggest that age plays a strong role in understanding computing behaviors and attitudes. (Contains 31 references.) (Author/MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In WebNet 2001: World Conference on the WWW and Internet Proceedings (Orlando, FL, October 23-27, 2001); see IR 021 310.