ERIC Number: EJ1050727
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
Searching for New Answers: The Application of Task-Technology Fit to E-Textbook Usage
Gerhart, Natalie; Peak, Daniel A.; Prybutok, Victor R.
Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, v13 n1 p91-111 Jan 2015
Students have been slow to adopt e-textbooks even though they are often less expensive than traditional textbooks. Prior e-textbook research has focused on adoption behavior, with little research to date on how students perceive e-textbooks fitting their needs. This work builds upon Task-Technology Fit (TTF) and Consumer Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT2) theory to present a student-perspective model of e-textbook usage. By contextualizing TTF and UTAUT2 to e-textbooks, the research fills a gap in the literature and provides guidance to researchers and practitioners. The goal of the research is to understand how students perceive their task of learning to fit with e-textbook technology, and how that fit influences e-textbook usage and expected performance in their classes. To achieve this goal, the research develops a model to test the relationship between perceived TTF of e-textbooks and UTAUT2-defined user characteristics that encourage adoption behaviors, thus facilitating student learning. The findings show that four factors impact a student's perceived TTF: substitution, habit, hedonic motivation, and facilitating conditions. Furthermore, perceived TTF positively correlates with students' e-textbook usage and expected performance in classes when using e-textbooks. While price value exhibits a measurable effect on e-textbook utilization, it is a minor factor.
Descriptors: Textbooks, Electronic Publishing, Technology Uses in Education, Adoption (Ideas), Student Attitudes, Models, Learning, Correlation, College Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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