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Using the tablet PC for education? The adoption process of primary schools and children’s acceptance

Ruyter, L.P. (2014) Using the tablet PC for education? The adoption process of primary schools and children’s acceptance.

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Abstract:To support primary schools in making the financial and pedagogical decision of implementing the tablet PC in school, this research investigates the adoption process of primary schools, and the acceptance of the tablet PC by children. Two tablet PC’s are studied: a closed tablet system which has a fixed software program, and an open tablet system that can be changed to the child’s preferences. To examine the adoption process, interviews are held with teachers and directors. The acceptance of the tablet PC by children is measured by a conceptual research model including TAM, UTAUT, and findings from the literature regarding usage. Results of the interviews and questionnaire indicate that primary schools and children have a positive attitude towards using the tablet PC for education. It appeared children’s attitude is influenced by perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and independency. The importance of variables differs between the two tablet PC’s, because of the features and usage of the tablet PC. When analysing both studies the needs of schools and children can be satisfied by combining the open structure with the educational program. Therefore, it is advisable for publishers of educational books to keep abreast of times by developing apps that connect to their educational method.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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