Students' Attitudes towards the Use of Technology in Hong Kong

Students' Attitudes towards the Use of Technology in Hong Kong

Helen W. M. Yeh (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (CPCE), Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8789-9.ch081
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Since the Education Bureau of Hong Kong encouraged the use of technology in education, virtual learning platform and PowerPoint slides have become magic tools for teaching and learning across all subjects in schools, colleges, and institutions. However, is technology a magic tool for effective teaching and learning? In order to understand how students think of learning with technology, this chapter investigates 114 college students' attitudes towards learning with technology imposed by the school and teachers through questionnaires. The results reveal that students had positive attitudes towards the use of technology in the affective, cognitive, and behaviour domains. Most importantly, they attributed their success of learning to what the teacher did with technology as well as what the teacher did in the classroom. These findings reveal that technology is not only a good tool to support learning but also fosters the acquisition and application of students' subject knowledge.
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Technology pervades everywhere. Students use computers, tablets and mobile phones in various places including home and colleges. Educators, unavoidably, use various kinds of technology into teaching and learning. In addition to the use of software (i.e., Microsoft Word and PowerPoint), virtual learning platform, computers and the Internet, mobile learning and Weblog have also become a trend in education nowadays. Over the past decade, educational administrators have pushed towards the use of technology into teaching and learning. In order to understand whether technology can really support student learning, it’s important to study students’ attitudes towards the use of technology. Knight and Waxman (1991) state that research on learning environment puts emphasis on the paradigm of student cognition, which values the ways that students perceive and react to their learning tasks.

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