Students’ perception and acceptance of web-based technologies: a multi-group PLS analysis in Romania and Spain

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The study is conducted on 558 under-graduate students in Romania and Spain to examine potential differences in perception and acceptance items towards using web-based technologies. The research model is based on the Internet Attitude Scale (IAS) and measures Perceived Enjoyment, Perceived Anxiety, Perceived Usefulness and Computer Self-Efficacy. Results from country-based group comparisons reveal significant differences in all four constructs, while gender does not seem to affect any of them. Multiple-group PLS analysis reveals similarities but also a couple of differences in the relationship paths for the Romanian and Spanish students. Overall, the examined model fits well in the combined-complete population.

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Table 12 Age-grouped comparison among Romanian students (N = 454)
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Balta, N., Mâță, L., Gómez, C.H. et al. Students’ perception and acceptance of web-based technologies: a multi-group PLS analysis in Romania and Spain. Educ Inf Technol 25, 4437–4458 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-020-10170-y

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  • Cultural context
  • Higher education
  • Internet use attitude scale
  • IAS measurement model
  • IAS PLS analysis
  • Students’ attitudes