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ERIC Number: EJ955365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
To Use or Not to Use: Psychometric Properties of the Willingness to Use Technology (WUT) Instrument in Three Asian Contexts
Elwood, James A.; MacLean, George Robert
Computers & Education, v58 n4 p1360-1371 May 2012
With the ongoing development of technology and its ever increasing influence in the social and educational spheres, knowing whether users will embrace technological means is of considerable importance. This article looks at Willingness to Use Technology (WUT; MacLean & Elwood, 2009), an instrument developed to assess a potential technology user's propensity to do so when choosing between a technological medium and a non-technological medium for doing a task. Data were collected from university students in Malaysia (n = 169), Cambodia (n = 131), and Japan (n = 1262). Descriptive statistics showed that Cambodian and Malaysian students were disposed toward selecting technological means for most tasks, while the preferences of the Japanese students varied by task. Rasch analysis showed that the items functioned satisfactorily, and results of two types of confirmatory factor analysis converged, indicating WUT consisted of two factors differentiated by the degree of synchronicity of communication in all three contexts. The investigation of partial-measurement invariance indicated that the factor composition was fundamentally invariant across the three Japan samples yet differed some across the three countries. Although its use in cross-cultural research contexts requires further consideration, the WUT instrument represents a robust measure of users' behavior regarding technology in the specific contexts examined in this study. (Contains 7 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Cambodia; Japan; Malaysia