The Influence of Types of Social Support on Internet Self-efficacy on Students Enrolled in a Computer and Information Technology Course

By Jui-Chang Kung, Hsi-Chi Hsiao, Ya-Ling Tu and Hsin-Nan Chung.

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The purpose of this study is to empirically examine the influence of social supports and Internet self-efficacy on Taiwanese vocational high school students enrolled in a computer and information technology course. Social supports included in this study are from three sub-groups: family support, tutor support, and peer support. Drawing upon the widely employed social interaction theory, a series of hypotheses are advanced to examine the differing influences of each of these social supports on Internet self-efficacy and also to investigate the relationships among those variables on Internet self-efficacy. The randomly stratified sampling method is used in this study to select 326 vocational high school students enrolled in a computer and information technology course. Data is analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson’s correlation coefficients, and regression analysis. Furthermore, the study finds that peer support may play a greater role than family and tutor support on students’ Internet Self-efficacy. The results indicate that peer support emerged as the most important factor that helped vocational high students improve their Internet self-efficacy. Several recommendations are made in the study.

Keywords: Social Supports, Internet Self-efficacy, Vocational High School Students

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.213-222. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 857.253KB).

Prof. Jui-Chang Kung

President, Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University, Niaosong, Taiwan

Professor Jui-Chang Kung received his M.S. degree from Florida Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from Central Philippine University. He is now a president of Cheng Shiu University in Taiwan. He is also a professor at the Graduate Institute of Business and Administration. His research interest has been focused on business management, educational management, technological and engineering education.

Prof. Hsi-Chi Hsiao

Chair Professor, Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University, Niaosong, Taiwan

Professor Hsi-Chi Hsiao received his M.S. degree from University of Wisconsin in 1983 and Ph.D. from Indiana State University in 1987. He was head of Department of Industrial Education at National Changhua University of Education and president of National Penghu Institute of Technology in Taiwan. He has also served as government consultant in the fields of curriculum and instruction, vocational and technological education, research in applied science education for many years. He is now a chair professor at the Graduate Institute of Business and Administration, Cheng Shiu University. His research interest has been focused on curriculum and instruction development, skill testing and creativity for vocational, technological and engineering education.

Ya-Ling Tu

Doctoral Student, Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Changhua, Taiwan

Ya-Ling Tu is a doctorial student at the Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education (NCUE) in Taiwan. She has published more than 20 articles and papers on subjects ranging from information and communications technology (ICT), organizational behavior, school innovation, and leadership behavior. She is also a project-appointed research assistant. She has participated in many other research projects.

Hsin-Nan Chung

Phd. Candidate, Department of Industrial Education and Technology, National Changhua University of Education, Changhua City, Taiwan


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