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Campbell, Cynthia

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Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

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Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment (ETRA)


The purpose of this study was to examine the attitude of Saudi students utilizing mobile applications for learning English vocabulary. The theoretical framework that guided this study was the technology acceptance model (TAM). In this study TAM theory included two main constructs, namely perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use, to predict an individual’s attitude toward using new technology (Davis, 1989). A survey was used to collect data, and the survey consisted of two sections. The first section asked participants for demographic information, and the second section included Likert items pertaining to students’ attitudes toward using mobile applications to learn English vocabulary. The sample of this study was drawn from a population of 800 Saudi students in in the United States. Data from 172 Saudi students were used for both descriptive and inferential statistics. The findings of each question are discussed and connected to previous studies.

The results showed perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use were statistically significant predictors of attitude toward using mobile applications. In addition, the results indicated gender had no statistically significant moderating effect on the relationship among perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and Saudi students’ attitude toward using mobile applications. The results of this study could be benefit of the Instructional Technology (IT) field

for developing educational interactions and enhancing human performance. Lastly, future prospects for examining the ways that perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use can be promoted effectively within education are suggested.


113 pages




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