University of Athens (GREECE)
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Appears in: EDULEARN09 Proceedings
Publication year: 2009
Pages: 5838-5847
ISBN: 978-84-612-9801-3
ISSN: 2340-1117
Conference name: 1st International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 6-8 July, 2009
Location: Barcelona ,Spain
The aim of this study was to investigate the factors that influence teachers’ intention to use the educational software of road safety education “The Chariot of the Sun” in their teaching.
This software was aimed at a target group of 8-13 year-olds and was intended to provide teachers and students with information, interaction and activities to stimulate learning about road safety. The objectives of the study were to: 1) investigate the influence of attitude toward the behaviour, subjective norm and perceived behavioural control on teachers’ intention; and 2) compare the predictive validity of the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) (Ajzen and Fishbein, 1980) and the Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB) (Ajzen, 1991) in predicting teachers’ intention.
A total of 228 teachers of primary schools in Greece were surveyed about their intention to use “The Chariot of the Sun” in their teaching. The results showed that teachers who had more positive attitudes towards the use of the software, who perceived more social pressure, and who believed that they had more control over using of the software were more likely to use it in their teaching. In TRA the biggest contributor of intention was the attitude and in TPB the biggest contributor was the perceived behavioural control. The results of this study showed that the TRA and TPB in general did provide a framework for the prediction of intention. However, the TPB did account for more variance in teachers’ intention than the TRA. The implications of the findings are discussed.
ict, educational software, teachers, theory of planned behaviour.