ERIC Number: EJ788084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 68
Understanding Pre-Service Teachers' Computer Attitudes: Applying and Extending the Technology Acceptance Model
Teo, T.; Lee, C. B.; Chai, C. S.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v24 n2 p128-143 Apr 2008
Computers are increasingly widespread, influencing many aspects of our social and work lives. As we move into a technology-based society, it is important that classroom experiences with computers are made available for all students. The purpose of this study is to examine pre-service teachers' attitudes towards computers. This study extends the technology acceptance model (TAM) framework, with subjective norm and facilitating conditions acting as external variables. Results shows that perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and subjective norm were significant determinants of pre-service computer attitudes. Facilitating conditions did not influence computer attitude directly but through perceived ease of use. These findings demonstrate that social norm and facilitating conditions are potential variables that may be used to extend the TAM for research on computer attitudes.
Descriptors: Computer Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Student Teacher Attitudes, Student Teachers, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Education Level: Higher Education
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