Examining the factors that predict use of internet communications technology tools by first-year psychology students

Burton, Lorelle J. and Johnson, Ann M. (2006) Examining the factors that predict use of internet communications technology tools by first-year psychology students. In: Psychology Bridging the Tasman: Science, Culture and Practice, 26-30 Sep 2006, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Today, students are expected to use internet communication technology tools, such as email, discussion groups, and the Internet, in their tertiary studies. This study examined how individual differences in personality, self-efficacy, computer attitudes, and computer anxiety are related to use of the various electronic communication tools. A total of 287 first-year psychology students participated in the survey. The survey included self-report measures of personality, computer anxiety, computer attitudes, and Internet self-efficacy, and the degree to which students use computers and the internet for learning. This paper will report the correlations among the key individual differences variables. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses indicated that Emotional Stability positively predicted computer attitudes and negatively predicted computer anxiety. Intellect was shown to negatively predict computer anxiety. A key finding of this study was that age negatively predicted use of internet communication tools for learning. Another finding of interest was that Internet self-efficacy positively predicted use of email, discussion groups, and the Internet in the learning environment. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher: 'This is an electronic version of an article published in Katsikitis, Mary (Ed.) (2006). Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Conference of the Australian Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society: Psychology Bridging the Tasman: Science, Culture and Practice (pp. 46-50). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Psychological Society. ISBN 0-909881-30-8.'
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2010 12:21
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: internet communication; students
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7824

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