Understanding Attitude Towards Concept Map Usage: An Exploratory Study in China

Hao, Jin-Xing and Yu, Yan (2016) Understanding Attitude Towards Concept Map Usage: An Exploratory Study in China. In: Innovating with Concept Mapping. 7th International Conference on Concept Mapping, CMC 2016 Tallinn, Estonia, September 5–9, 2016 Proceedings. Communications in computer and information science, 1 . Springer International Publishing, Cham: Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-319-45501-3

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Although prior research has reported positive effects of concept mapping on teaching and learning in various education contexts, in China many students are still reluctant to accept concept mapping technologies. Therefore, education researchers require a better understanding of why learners resist or accept concept maps. In this study, we are particularly interested in proposing and evaluating a model of learner’s attitude towards concept map usage in the context of undergraduate discrete mathematics education based on Technology Acceptance Model. The proposed model is evaluated by a field study with 23 undergraduate students in a famous university in China. Data analysis results using Partial Least Squares generally support our model. Perceived usefulness, perceived enjoyment and perceived ease of use are identified as key predictors of students’ attitude towards concept map usage. Perceived ease of use regarding concept maps performs relatively poorer than perceived usefulness and perceived enjoyment in our field study. The dual utilitarian and hedonic characteristics of concept maps have been emphasized to improve future concept map research and practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2016
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2018 14:18
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2018 14:18

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