Psychological safety and social support in groupware adoption: A multi-level assessment in education
Computers & Education Volume 51, Number 2, ISSN 0360-1315 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
In this paper, the authors propose that psychological safety, a sense of interpersonal trust and being valued in a work team, is an important determinant of groupware technology adoption in an educational setting. They develop and test a model of antecedents and consequences of psychological safety. Data were collected from 361 university students, organized in 36 teams. Results of multi-level regression analysis reveal positive individual-level effects of perceived tutor support and perceived peer support on psychological safety. Furthermore, our findings show a positive unique group-level effect of perceived tutor support on psychological safety, where an individual’s level of self-consciousness strengthens this positive impact. In addition, findings of structural equation modeling demonstrate that both perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use partially mediate the positive effect of psychological safety on groupware usage. Psychological safety also shows a positive direct effect on groupware usage. Finally, a student’s offline communication frequency with his tutor and peers appears to strengthen the impact of psychological safety on perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and groupware usage.
Schepers, J., de Jong, A., Wetzels, M. & de Ruyter, K. (2008). Psychological safety and social support in groupware adoption: A multi-level assessment in education. Computers & Education, 51(2), 757-775. Elsevier Ltd.
- Adoption (Ideas)
- College Students
- computer mediated communication
- Computer Software
- Computer Uses in Education
- computer-mediated communication
- Cooperative/collaborative learning
- Discussion Groups
- educational technology
- Interactive Learning Environments
- multimedia/hypermedia systems
- Multiple Regression Analysis
- Peer Relationship
- Security (Psychology)
- Social Support Groups
- Structural Equation Models
- student attitudes
- Teacher Student Relationship
- Trust (Psychology)
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