Self-Efficacy Toward IT Adoption

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Many articles have been written about the adoption of IT amongst college students. One key area of study often argued is the self-efficacy of adult learners’ adoption of technology. According to psychologist Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is defined as person's belief in his or her ability to succeed in specific situations. An individual's sense of self-efficacy can play a major role in how they approach goals, tasks, and challenges. So, why are adult learners more prone to shy away from the use of technology opposed to their counterparts? I propose that adult learners tend to view the use of technology as more of a challenge because of the difficulty to grab hold of its verbiage or language. The use of technology has considerably increased over past 30 years. Much of the population who were born in the 60’s, 70’s and even 80’s, never grow up with cell phones, pay television, or computers. Consequently, adult learners view the use of these devices as being too technologically intricate and impractical. Some adult learner’s basic skills with technology are slim to none.
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