ERIC Number: EJ1109541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Tablet Use in Primary Education: Adoption Hurdles and Attitude Determinants
van Deursen, Alexander J. A. M.; ben Allouch, Somaya; Ruijter, Laura P.
Education and Information Technologies, v21 n5 p971-990 Sep 2016
In the Netherlands, six primary schools recently participated in a pilot program, creating an educational environment in which children use a tablet PC. In these six schools, two studies are conducted. The first study highlights the process by which primary schools adopted tablet PCs by means of interviews based on diffusion of innovation theory. All stages are discussed: Knowledge, persuasion, decision, implementation, and confirmation. Two tablet systems are considered: closed and open systems. In the second study, a questionnaire was administered among primary school children in the pilot schools. Factors that affected the general attitude towards tablet PCs are perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, interest in the task and independence. Social influence and prior experience with tablets did not affect the overall attitude. The results of both studies provide several recommendations on how tablet PCs can contribute to educational improvements.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary School Students, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Computer Attitudes, Handheld Devices, Technology Integration, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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