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High school pupils\u2019 attitudes and self-efficacy of using mobile devices ARTICLE

, , Faculty of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Greece

Themes in Science and Technology Education Volume 10, Number 2, ISSN 1792-8788 Publisher: Themes in Science and Technology Education

Abstract

This paper regards a study aiming to investigate junior high school pupils\u2019 attitudes and self-efficacy of using mobile devices. A 25-item questionnaire was administered to 260 pupils aged 12-15 years old, in Greece. Pupils\u2019 attitudes were positive, and four factors were extracted, \u201cperceived usefulness\u201d, \u201caffection\u201d, \u201cperceived control\u201d and \u201cbehaviour\u201d. Regarding pupils\u2019 self-efficacy, one factor was revealed and this was significantly correlated with all attitude factors. Most of the pupils (over 87%) expressed high self-efficacy in using mobile devices. Higher self-efficacy was linked to positive perspectives and feelings, to greater willingness to use mobile devices, and to favorable perceptions towards their independent control. It is suggested to describe pupils\u2019 attitudes of using mobile devices with respect to discrete dimensions. Gender or age differences in attitudes were very small. The mobile devices attitudes and self-efficacy questionnaire is suggested to be used with other adolescent populations of different countries, in order to reveal possible similarities and differences.

Citation

Nikolopoulou, K. & Gialamas, V. (2017). High school pupils\u2019 attitudes and self-efficacy of using mobile devices. Themes in Science and Technology Education, 10(2), 53-67. Themes in Science and Technology Education. Retrieved January 22, 2018 from .