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Title: Factors affecting the adoption of blogging in Singapore schools.
Authors: Toh, Chin Hwee.
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Education
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: Information Technology (IT) can enhance the learning process for students. In Singapore, IT has been in active use in schools since 1997 with schools given the autonomy to explore different possible applications and equipment. However, there has been limited work on the acceptance of technology by the students. In this study, the factors of acceptance of blogging in Singapore secondary schools were examined using a modification of the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT), recently developed by leading researchers in the technology acceptance field. This study involved 388 students in a Singapore secondary school and the results validated the original UTAUT with performance expectancy, effort expectancy and social influence determining behavioural intention to blog. Age and gender were found not to moderate the three constructs. The following additional constructs were found to determine students’ intention to blog: attitude towards using technology, image, comfort level and trust. This study also found that in addition to behavioural intention to blog that played an important role in predicting blogging by students, gender and accessibility to the Internet at home played important roles as well. This study contributes to UTAUT’s theoretical validity and empirical applicability, and to the management of IT-based initiatives in education. The modified UTAUT can be adapted to investigate the adoption of blogging in other educational institutions and other Web 2.0 technologies that can be implemented in the classrooms. The findings also provide insights to teachers and schools considering integrating blogging both inside and outside of the classroom.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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