Analysis of textiles, apparel, and merchandising graduates
Johnson-Hillery, Julie, 1957-
M.S. (Master of Science)
School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences
Northern Illinois University--Students--Attitudes; Northern Illinois University. School of Family; Consumer; and Nutrition Sciences.--Students--Attitudes; Employees--Effect of technological innovations on--Illinois; End-user computing--Illinois; Clothing trade--Employees--Job satisfaction; Job satisfaction--Illinois; Home economics students--Illinois--Attitudes
The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between textiles, apparel, and merchandising graduates? attitudes toward computers and job satisfaction. Fishbein and Azjen?s (1975) theory of planned behavior was adopted for this study. The sample consisted of Northern Illinois University graduates of the textiles, apparel, and merchandising program. The sample consisted of 93 subjects. A computer attitude index and job satisfaction index were used to determine attitudes toward computers and job satisfaction respectively. Factor analysis was used to reduce the data on the computer attitude index and the job satisfaction index. Correlations and analysis of variance were used to examine relationship between variables. First, it was hypothesized that the more positive textiles, apparel, and merchandising graduates? attitudes toward computers the stronger their intent would be to use computers. Findings supported Fishbein and Azjen?s theory of planned behavior that computer attitude is a predictor of intent at a .05 level. Second, it was hypothesized that the more positive textiles, apparel, and merchandising graduates? attitudes toward computers the higher their job satisfaction. After the computer attitude scores and the job satisfaction scores were broken down by factor analysis, this hypothesis was supported at the .05 level for the factors COMPENS (perceived compensation from job) and COMFORT (comfort levels on computers). Finally, it was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between personal characteristics of the respondents and their scores on computer attitude and job satisfaction. This study shows a relationship between computer attitude and job satisfaction with several personal characteristics including age and skill level on a computer.
Thom, Deborah M., "Attitudes toward computers and job satisfaction : an analysis of textiles, apparel, and merchandising graduates" (1999). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1573.
vii, 62 pages
Northern Illinois University
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