Assessment Of The Impact Of Information And Communications Technology (ICT) On Educational Development

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Assessment Of The Impact Of Information And Communications Technology (ICT) On Educational Development


Abstract


Information and communications technology (ICT) has recorded a remarkable development in recent years. This development is affecting educational development across the globe in various ways. It has also made Nigerian government to formulate policies on IT. Accordingly the study was conducted to assess the effects of ICT on educational development with reference to senior secondary schools in Kaduna state. Nigerian government through its policies intends to integrate and streamline the country to the main stream of global ICT. The process includes the integration of schools and students to enable them meet the required minimum standard in the ICT age. The study inquired about the students‟ knowledge of the ICT, its usage, and how it affects their academic activities and performance.

The study used Primary source of data, while qualitative and quantitative instruments were used to present and analyse the data. Modernization theory was used to guide the study. Among the findings of the study was that, both urban and rural students are virtually the same in terms of knowledge and usage of ICT, whereby, more than 80% of them have the knowledge and are using it. The study recommends among others that, „A careful plan should be made by the state ministry of education in collaboration with the schools‟ authorities to systematically devise a means of guidance and control of students‟ attitude towards ICT. This is to make their inclination to it more productive to their academic and attitudinal aspects. This can be done by introducing certain changes and innovations in the schools‟ curriculum that can be attractive and easy to comprehend by the students, that is capable of satisfying their desire for fun and at the same time will enhance their academic capabilities and their mind-set.


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1. Background to the Study

Recent development in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has resulted in tremendous progress in the area of communication and information dissemination, which contributed in making the world more interactive. This made transactions to emerge between people who may never meet. Also, the ICT is inexpensive and accessible easily throughout the global. Certainly, this permits instantaneous personal dialogue and communication between people around the world. Education is central in the survival and growth of human being as individual and as society, each with its own ways and means of educating and socialising its members, as dictated by the societal culture. Every culture has a mechanism that adjusts and accommodates new developments happening within and outside the society which ensures continuity and effective transmission of the societal culture from generation to generation and guaranteed and safeguard the survival and development of the society. Mishandling of changes happening within and outside the society may cause significant effect on the culture of the society. The effects may cause retrogression, confusion, acculturation, or even extinction of the society in totality. In this context, each society develops and designs its educational system based on its tradition, culture, norms and values, to suit its environment and generation, and to carter for its immediate and future developmental needs and aspirations. Consequently, as a result of development in ICT, diverse ideas and cultures interact and interwoven, as such, new knowledge, ideas, cultures and values, are transferred from one place to another. The manner, by which secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna state usually glue themselves to ICT, by means of different kinds of devices, and for a considerable proportion of their time, is never unconnected with the availability and affordability of the devices in the country in recent times. Accordingly, the worry here is about what the students are doing on these devices. Findings of some studies revealed a huge patronage of the ICT devices among youths, while other studies revealed some positive as well as negative effects of such inclination on the youths. For instance, youths are becoming more and more overwhelmed by programmes available on the ICT, which in turn facilitate or erode their learning inclination and improve or retard their educational development. Empirical researches have established that, modern technologies such as computers and the Internet have become enmeshed in young people‟s lives, the Kaiser report, of 2004 as cited in Shu-Sha and Subrahmanyam, (2009) confirmed that:74% of 8-year olds to 18-year olds in the United States had Internet access in their homes, more recently, the 2008 World Internet Project survey of 13 countries revealed that among youth 12-years to 14-years, 88% in the United States used the Internet; the percentage of Internet users in this age group was 100% in the United Kingdom, 98% in Israel, 95% in Canada, and over 70% in Singapore. Among adolescents, the communication applications of the Internet such as instant messaging, blogs, and social networking sites (e.g., MySpace, Face book) are especially popular. As the Internet has become pervasive in the lives of young people, their online activities and interactions have become the focus of intense research. It is becoming evident that the Internet presents risks as well as opportunities to adolescent development (Shu-Sha and Subrahmanyam, 2009). Also, the Shu-Sha and Subrahmanyam‟s (2009) study attributed some negative attitudes such as „Internet addiction‟ as well as online risks such as „exposure to sexually explicit materials‟ and „online victimisation‟ including „harassment‟ or „cyber bullying‟ and „sexual solicitation‟ to the youths‟ inclination toward ICT. These reasons along with the government intention of further developing education in the country by means of ICT, prompted the research to assess the impact of ICT on selected senior secondary schools in Kaduna state. In this regard, schools were selected based on location; urban/rural, and gender; male/female. This is with a view to find out whether there are similarities or differences in their knowledge and usage of the ICT and its impact on their educational development.


1.2. Statement of the Research Problem

For the fact that no country can live in isolation, and as the ICT has become part of our daily life, youths are becoming more and more susceptible to its effects. Accordingly, it is imperative for each society to study the effect of ICT on the societal life in order to develop those elements that are beneficial to its survival and avert what is detrimental to its growth and development. ICT is enormously enhancing people‟s accessibility to knowledge and information across the globe, minimizing time waste, narrowing distance between people, and contributing significantly to the growth and development of societies. It is a known fact that, today‟s college students have grown up with intrinsic technological innovations that are integrated into modes of communication, education, and socialization, (La Rose, Eastin, and Gregg (2001) in Everhart, (2011). In the same vein, prevalence of negative attitudes among youths, such as pornography, money laundering, cultism, international terrorism and child abuse, may also be attributed to the unchecked accessibility of the ICT by the youths, (Omekwu 2005, cited in Aduwa, 2006).Senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna state nowadays commit considerable proportion of their time on ICT which ideally supposed to positively impact on their educational development. However, for the fact that most schools lack an effective method of guidance on issues pertaining to ICT, the students are therefore left with the choice of their preferences on ICT. This made most of them to be carried away by the funny side of it, using most of their time on social media, chatting with friends and many things alike. Consequently, the study was conducted to assess the effect of the ICT on educational development in state through the identification of the level of awareness and utilasation of the ICT and its effect on the students‟ academic activities and performance.


1.3 Objectives of the Study

Main objective of the study was to assess the impact of ICT on the educational development of senior secondary schools‟ students of Kaduna State. Other objectives are

  1. Compare the rate of knowledge and usage of ICT between senior secondary schools‟ students in the urban areas and their counterparts in the rural areas of Kaduna state.
  2. Study the effects of ICT on the Academic activities of senior secondary schools students‟ in Kaduna State.
  3. Study the Relationship between ICT and the Academic Performance of senior secondary schools students in Kaduna State.

1.4 Research Question

  1. Has ICT impacted positively on educational development of senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna state?
  2. Are there significant variations in terms of knowledge and usage of ICT between
  3. Senior secondary schools‟ students in urban areas and their counterparts in the
    rural areas of Kaduna state?
  4. Is there any significant relationship between academic performance of senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna state and their usage of ICT?

1.5 Research Hypothesis

  1. ICT has positively impacted on educational development of senior secondary
    schools‟ students in Kaduna State.
  2. There are significant variations in terms of knowledge and usage of ICT between senior secondary schools‟ students in urban areas and their counterparts in the rural areas of Kaduna state.
  3. There is significant relationship between ICT and the performance of senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna State.

1.6 Significance of the Study

The study is significant being an attempt to make contribution to the existing body of knowledge by revealing
the effect of ICT on educational development of senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna State with a view to fill the existing vacuum in the area.

Proliferation of ICT in Nigeria and the reaction of the youths towards it have constituted a source of concern regarding their academic performance, thereby calling for a careful study to ascertain the effects on them. Hence, this research is a step in that direction.

The study is significant in the sense that it contributes towards enhancing educational policies on factors influencing educational development of senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna state.

In accordance with the foregoing, the choice of some selected senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna state was basically for the fact that, large proportion of the youths are in the senior secondary schools, and they are at the point of transition to tertiary institutions and from childhood to adulthood. In addition, they are the potential reservoir for the Nigeria‟s human capital. Also, senior secondary schools‟ students are seen as a depiction of the youths, thus, they can easily be studied to ascertain the effects of the ICT on youths in general. Furthermore, the study attempted a comparison of urban and rural students to identify whether there are areas of convergence or divergence on aspects concerning the effects of ICT on them.


1.7 Scope of the Study

Scope of the study is to examine assessment of the impact of information and communications technology (ICT) on educational development using selected secondary school in GIWA local government area Kaduna.


1.8 Limitation of the Study

This study was constrained by a number of factors which are as follows:

Just like any other research, ranging from unavailability of needed accurate materials on the topic under study, inability to get data

Financial constraint , was faced by the researcher ,in getting relevant materials and in printing and collation of questionnaires

Time factor: time factor pose another constraint since having to shuttle between writing of the research and also engaging in other academic work making it uneasy for the researcher


1.9 Definition of Terms

ICT:

Information communications technology

Educational Development:

A sub-discipline of higher education research and practice


Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Summary

In this study, our focus was to examine assessment of the impact of information and communications technology (ict) on educational development using selected secondary school in Giwa, Kaduna as a case study. The study specifically was aimed at highlighting the rate of knowledge and usage of ICT between senior secondary schools‟ students in the urban areas and their counterparts in the rural areas of Kaduna state. Effects of ICT on the Academic activities of senior secondary schools students‟ in Kaduna State. Relationship between ICT and the Academic Performance of senior secondary schools students in Kaduna State.The study adopted the survey research design and randomly enrolled participants in the study. A total of 77 responses were validated from the enrolled participants where all respondent are drawn from teachers of the selected schools.


5.2 Conclusion

Based on the finding of this study, the following conclusions were made:

  1. There are significant variations in terms of knowledge and usage of ICT between senior secondary schools‟ students in urban areas and their counterparts in the rural areas of Kaduna state.
  2. ICT has positively impacted on educational development of senior secondary schools‟ students in Kaduna State.
  3. Information technology will result in academic performance of students school student .

5.3 Recommendation

Based on the responses obtained, the researcher proffers the following recommendations:

  1. A careful plan should be made by the state ministry of education in collaboration with the schools‟ authorities to systematically devise a means of guidance and control of students‟ attitude towards ICT
  2. A periodic gathering in form of workshop or seminar should be arranged by the Zonal Education Offices across the state, so as to bring together students, the teachers and resource persons from outside, to discuss issues pertaining ICT. This will avail the students an opportunity to learn things to benefit from the ICT, and what to aloof from it.
  3. Both at schools‟ levels and at ministerial level, adequate plan should be made to provide schools with required personnel at the right time and in the right quantity, so as to curtail the incidence of shortage of man power in specific fields e.g. ICT. This will have far reaching impact in the stabilization and enhancement of students‟ academic performance

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