Facilitating Gerontechnology Adoption: Observational Learning with Live Models

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10912)


This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of observational learning with live models in facilitating technology adoption for older people. A between-groups observational training with a video-taped demonstration was developed. Model generation (child, young adult, and old adult) was set as factor that may affect training outcomes. Sixty Hong Kong Chinese people aged 60 or above were divided into three groups. Results confirm that the self-efficacy and behavioral intention of older people significantly improved after the training. The greatest improvement of self-efficacy and behavioral intention was found in the old adult and child model groups, respectively.


Aging population Gerontechnology adoption Observational learning Model generation 



The work described in this paper was fully supported by a grant from City University of Hong Kong (SRG7004906).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering ManagementCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  2. 2.School of BusinessMonash UniversitySelangorMalaysia

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