Learning Transfer of Computer Skills: Examining the Impact of Multilevel Computer Self-Efficacy Beliefs
The information systems literature has demonstrated a positive relationship between an individual's computer self-efficacy (CSE) and his/her ability to learn new computing skills. However, most past studies have overlooked the multilevel nature of the CSE construct and have not differentiated between near-transfer and far-transfer learning of computing skills. Accordingly, this study focuses on these two issues by investigating the impact of two levels of CSE (general and software specific) on two types of learning (near- and far-transfer) in computer training. The results of an experiment conducted to empirically test the relationships hypothesised among the study variables showed that software-specific CSE had significant effects on near-transfer and far-transfer learning and software-specific self-efficacy. In contrast, general CSE was found to have a significant effect on far-transfer learning only. The results provide valuable implications of computer training practice and research.
Computer self-efficacy, general computer self-efficacy, software-specific computer self-efficacy, learning transfer, far-transfer learning, near-transfer learning, computer training
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