ERIC Number: EJ1087853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
Why Do Students Use Mobile Technology for Social Purposes during Class? Modeling Teacher Credibility, Learner Empowerment, and Online Communication Attitude as Predictors
Ledbetter, Andrew M.; Finn, Amber N.
Communication Education, v65 n1 p1-23 2016
Following research indicating prevalent and deleterious use of social communication technology in college classrooms, this study investigated teacher credibility, learner empowerment, and online communication attitude as predictors of such use. The sample included 379 participants who completed an online survey about a college course. Results identified alleviating loneliness and relational maintenance as two distinct forms of social use, with somewhat divergent predictors for each dimension. Teacher competence inversely predicted both use types, although teacher character exhibited an unexpected positive association with relational maintenance use. Learner empowerment demonstrated a curvilinear association with alleviating loneliness use, and relational maintenance use was predicted by the interaction between learner empowerment and online communication attitude. Thus, although teacher credibility and learner empowerment generally buffer against social use, learner empowerment may foster such use for students who particularly enjoy communicating online.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Online Surveys, College Students, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Teacher Competencies, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Interaction, Student Behavior, Student Empowerment, Interpersonal Communication, Attitude Measures, Hypothesis Testing, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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