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Jayasuriya, A. R., Caputi, P., Gregory, P. & Meloche, J. A. (2007). The role of achievement goal orientation in the development of self efficacy during computer training. Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (pp. 105-112). Auckland: School of Business, University of Auckland.


Computer self-efficacy (CSE) is a key factor that is related to performance in computer training. A study was conducted to understand the effects of achievement goal orientation on computer self efficacy development with 166 trainees using a database application. Results show that trainees with different achievement motivation dispositions have affects on CSE development through different paths. Individuals with high mastery approach and performance approach dispositions have positive effects on pre training CSE. Mastery avoidance disposition increases Computer Anxiety (CA), this is not seen with performance avoidance. Performance approach affects CSE development by increasing effort. The study provides initial evidence for the need for targeted interventions on CSE and CA, based on trainees’ goal orientation as a personality trait.

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Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems