ERIC Number: EJ995115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Technology Acceptance Related to Second Life[TM], Social Networking, Twitter[TM], and Content Management Systems: Are Agricultural Students Ready, Willing, and Able?
Murphrey, Theresa Pesl; Rutherford, Tracy A.; Doerfert, David L.; Edgar, Leslie D.; Edgar, Don W.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v53 n3 p56-70 2012
Technology has the potential to improve education but only if it is applied with purpose and consideration of the audience. Understanding technology's role in education goes beyond the comparison of tools; there is a need to better understand student acceptance of technology so appropriate educational scaffolding and support can be provided. The absence of technology acceptance can become a barrier to the adoption, successful implementation, and use of new technologies. Therefore, the theoretical framework was based on technology acceptance. Described in this study is agricultural students' acceptance and readiness to use specific technologies (i.e., Second Life[TM], social networking, Twitter[TM], and content management systems) as educational tools. The population was all students enrolled in eight courses at Texas A&M University during the Fall 2010 semester. A total of 716 completed surveys were analyzed. Findings revealed that students perceive each of the technologies studied (i.e., Second Life[TM], social networking, Twitter, and content management systems) as unique entities that vary in regard to acceptance. Students overwhelmingly accept content management systems as a useful educational technology while Second Life[TM], Twitter[TM], and social networking are familiar but not as accepted. Findings reinforce the importance of instructors finding specific methods to successfully implement technology-specific educational tools. (Contains 1 figure and 9 tables.)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Social Networks, Computer Simulation, Internet, Student Attitudes, Readiness, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Agricultural Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Statistical Analysis, Age Differences, Gender Differences
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas