Information Systems Frontiers

, Volume 19, Issue 5, pp 1191–1203 | Cite as

Motivations for 21st century school children to bring their own device to school

  • Nathan Hopkins
  • Mary TateEmail author
  • Allan Sylvester
  • David Johnstone


Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) is an emerging phenomenon in businesses and schools. Despite accelerating adoption in schools, the factors that affect students’ use of BYOD are still not well articulated. We used a modified version of Taylor and Todd’s (1995) decomposed Theory of Planned Behaviour (D-TPB) to evaluate antecedents to behavioural intention to use BYOD in classrooms. The descriptive results paint a mixed picture, where pupil’s own enthusiasm for the use of their own devices in the class-room seems to be higher that of other parties. The results of the model show that students’ behavioural intention to use their own device is substantially influenced by their attitude and moderately influenced by their subjective norms and perceived behavioural control. This study contributes to mid-range theory by adapting the D-TPB for the study context, and has practical implications for parents, educators and officials developing BYOD policies for schools.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan Hopkins
    • 1
  • Mary Tate
    • 1
    Email author
  • Allan Sylvester
    • 1
  • David Johnstone
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Information ManagementVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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