Assessment Of The Use Of Internet Service Among Islamic Studies Students In Selected Secondary School In Amac Area Council, FCT, Abuja

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Assessment Of The Use Of Internet Service Among Islamic Studies Students In Selected Secondary School In Amac Area Council, FCT, Abuja


Abstract


This study was carried out to assess the use of internet service among Islamic studies students in selected secondary school in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja. The study was specifically set to ascertain the extent of internet usage among Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja, determine whether there is a positive correlation between internet usage and the academic performance of Islamic studies students, ascertain the use of internet which promotes the academic performance of Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja, and investigate the internet activities of Islamic studies students which affect their academics. The survey design was adopted and the simple random sampling techniques were employed in this study. The population size comprise of Islamic studies teachers and students in some selected secondary schools in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja. In determining the sample size, the researcher conveniently selected 200 respondents and 150 were validated. Self-constructed and validated questionnaire was used for data collection. The collected and validated questionnaires were analyzed using frequency tables and mean scores. While the hypotheses were tested using Pearson Correlation statistical tool, SPSS v23. The result of the findings reveals that the extent of internet usage among Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja is low. Furthermore the study also revealed that the internet activities of Islamic studies students which affect their academics in the following ways: chatting, seeing movies online, video streaming, playing video game, and surfing the internet. Therefore, the study recommends that the students should also endeavour to explore the benefits of the internet for academic purpose and personal development, as well as for the betterment of their academic performance. To mention but a few.


Table of Content


  • Title Page
  • Certification
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Table of Content
  • List of Tables
  • Abstract

Chapter One:

Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the Study
  • 1.2 Statement of the Problem
  • 1.3 Objective of the Study
  • 1.4 Research Questions
  • 1.5 Research Hypothesis
  • 1.6 Significance of the Study
  • 1.7 Scope of the Study
  • 1.8 Limitation of the Study
  • 1.9 Definition of Terms
  • 1.10 Organisations of the Study

Chapter Two:

Review of Literature

  • 2.1 Conceptual Framework
  • 2.2 Theoretical Framework
  • 2.3 Empirical Review

Chapter Three:

Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Research Design
  • 3.2 Population of the Study
  • 3.3 Sample Size Determination
  • 3.4 Sample Size Selection Technique and Procedure
  • 3.5 Research Instrument and Administration
  • 3.6 Method of Data Collection
  • 3.7 Method of Data Analysis
  • 3.8 Validity of the Study
  • 3.9 Reliability of the Study
  • 3.10 Ethical Consideration

Chapter Four:

Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.1 Data Presentation
  • 4.2 Analysis of Data
  • 4.3 Answering Research Questions
  • 4.4 Test of Hypotheses

Chapter Five:

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Conclusion
  • 5.3 Recommendation
  • References
  • APPENDIX
  • QUESTIONNAIRE

Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of Study

The Islamic thought framework symbolises a broad view of life and that of the universe (Bidmos, 2006). A Muslim is hence expected to pursue both worldly and religious knowledge. In fact, Islam campaigned for knowledge when the whole universe was in the shackle of ignorance. Within a short span of time, the early Muslims generation became learned and sophisticated since Islam had aroused the active use of the intellect in them. Through the teachings of Islam, they understood the fact that beneficial knowledge is sacrosanct for individual and communal progress. Hence, they pursued the knowledge to such an extent that they outshined other nations in terms of productivity and development, while they also extended the torch of civilization to many other centuries in the world.

No modern invention is opposed by Islam as much as such invention is useful to mankind and do not contradict the dictates of the Creator (Musa, 2010). In reality, technologies are not restricted to a particular religion or race can be utilised for either the good or the bad motives, which in return will affect humanity positively or negatively. For example, a glass could be filled with either a poison or a nourishing drink. Also, modern technologies could be deployed for harmful or beneficial purposes. The Internet is a means of communication that uses digital technology, which is among the critical elements of knowledge delivery. Internet without doubt has become an important element among the Islamic Studies students. This is one of the exceptional changes currently experienced globally that can affect knowledge.
Internet provides a platform for its users to share ideas, events, activities, files, and interests within their personal networks. Several learning theories specially stress the effects of individual interaction on the outcomes of learning. For instance, collaborative learning theory presumes that learning take place through interpersonal interactions. Online collaborative learning was also studied and significant interaction differences were observed when compared with in-class collaborative behaviours.

According to Aqil and Ahmad (2011), the internet is the transport vehicle for the information stored in files or documents on a computer. It carries together various information and services, such as electronic mail, online chat, file transfer, the interlinked Web pages and other documents of the World Wide Web. In today world, the Internet plays a vital role in the teaching, research and learning process in academic institutions. Thus, the advent of the Internet has heralded the emergence of a new form of knowledge production and distribution –the soft form. This new form of information resources has, as its greatest advantage, a virtually unlimited wealth of information resources which is widely readily available and accessible to hundreds of millions of people simultaneously in many parts of the world (Kumar & Kaur, 2006). The Internet is a powerful and efficient tool for searching, retrieving, and disseminating information, with a significant impact on students and scholar‘s worldwide.


1.2 Statement of the Problem

The Internet has become increasingly important to all users in their everyday lives which secondary school students are not exempted. It is affecting people’s ideas, habits and behaviour directly or indirectly. Among the technological innovations, the use of internet is spreading rapidly in the daily life of people. The invention of internet has emerged a new channel for communication; information sharing and networking. It has been so excessively used all over world that it has influenced every aspect of student lives such as, personal social academic aspect etc. Internet services have the potential to accelerate, enrich, and deepen skills, to motivate and engage students, to help relate school experience to work practices, create economic viability for tomorrow’s workers, as well as strengthening teaching and helping schools change as well as enhancing academic achievement among secondary school students which is a vital activity in all educational environments (Adedeji 2011). Consequently, Islamic students spends many hours browsing and skimming on the internet. They glue so well to their smart phones to receive and send information on internet but use less time studying in the library or elsewhere, particularly in leisure hours. The duration on the internet therefore, may have negative effect on their academic achievement. The online activities have successfully taken some of the students‘ miles away from their classes and studies in general, as many students are seen in the libraries, halls of residence, computer labs, and even in their lecture rooms surfing the webs(Larsson, 2006).

The negative academic implications of internet addiction are therefore pertinent to be painted so that the school management and course advisors could assist students manage the situation effectively and efficiently. It is therefore, on this note that this study assess the use of internet service among Islamic studies students in selected secondary school in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja.


1.3 Objective of the Study

The general aim of this study is to assess the use of internet service among Islamic studies students in selected secondary school in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja. The specific aims of this study are outlined below:

  1. Ascertain the extent of internet usage among Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja.
  2. Determine whether there is a positive correlation between internet usage and the academic performance of Islamic studies students.
  3. Ascertain the use of internet which promotes the academic performance of Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja.
  4. Investigate the internet activities of Islamic studies students which affect their academics.

1.4 Research Questions

The main focus of this research is to provide a valuable response to the questions below.

  1. What is the extent of internet usage among Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja?
  2. Is there a positive correlation between internet usage and the academic performance of Islamic studies students?
  3. What are the use of internet which promotes the academic performance of Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja?
  4. What are the internet activities of Islamic studies students which affect their academics?

1.5 Research Hypothesis

  • Ho: There is no significant positive correlation between internet usage and the academic performance of Islamic studies students.
  • Ha: There is a significant positive correlation between internet usage and the academic performance of Islamic studies students.

1.6 Significance of the Study

Excessive internet usage among students is currently a major cause of concern for parents, and guardians. Therefore, the findings in this study are aimed at modifying students‟ behavior, particularly secondary school students to be conscious of the ample negative effects of excessive internet use, thus, imploring them to take disadvantage of the internet for their academic and general successes in life. The research findings is also aimed at assisting stakeholders in educational sector with substantive evidence and information in order that they may understand the salient reasons why students do not meet with their daily or weekly academic obligations such as completion of assignments and group works due to internet-addiction and poor reading habits. The outcome of this study is also hoped that parents or guardians of wards will be prompted on the reality that internet is among the most common sources of distraction on the commitment of their wards to learning.


1.7 Scope of the Study

The scope of this study is boarded on the use of internet service among Islamic studies students in selected secondary school. Geographically, the study will be carried in selected secondary schools in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja.


1.8 Limitation of the Study

Like in every human endeavour, the researcher encountered slight constraints while carrying out the study. Insufficient funds tend to impede the efficiency of the researcher in sourcing for the relevant materials, literature, or information and in the process of data collection, which is why the researcher resorted to a limited choice of sample size. More so, the researcher simultaneously engaged in this study with other academic work. As a result, the amount of time spent on research will be reduced.

Moreover, the case study method utilized in the study posed some challenges to the investigator including the possibility of biases and poor judgment of issues. However, the investigator relied on respect for the general principles of procedures, justice, fairness, objectivity in observation and recording, and weighing of evidence to overcome the challenges.


1.9 Definition of Terms

Internet:

Is a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.

Academic Performance:

This is regarded as the display of knowledge attained or skills, shown in the school subjects such achievements are indicated by test scores or by marks assigned by teachers. It is the school evaluation of students’ classroom work as quantified on the basis of marks or grades.


1.10 Organization of the Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows.

  • Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), historical background, statement of problem, objectives of the study, research hypotheses, significance of the study, scope and limitation of the study, definition of terms and historical background of the study.
  • Chapter two highlights the theoretical framework on which the study is based, thus the review of related literature.
  • Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study.
  • Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.
  • Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study.

Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations:

5.1 Introduction

This chapter summarizes the findings on the use of internet service among Islamic studies students in selected secondary school in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja. The chapter consists of summary of the study, conclusions, and recommendations.


5.2 Summary of the Study

In this study, our focus was to assess the use of internet service among Islamic studies students in selected secondary school in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja. The study was specifically set to ascertain the extent of internet usage among Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja, determine whether there is a positive correlation between internet usage and the academic performance of Islamic studies students, ascertain the use of internet which promotes the academic performance of Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja, and investigate the internet activities of Islamic studies students which affect their academics.
The study adopted the survey research design and randomly enrolled participants in the study. A total of 150 responses were validated from the enrolled participants where all respondent are Islamic studies teachers and students in some selected secondary schools in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja.


5.3 Conclusions

Based on the findings of this study, the researcher made the following conclusion.

  1. The extent of internet usage among Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja is low.
  2. There is a positive correlation between internet usage and the academic performance of Islamic studies students.
  3. The use of internet which promotes the academic performance of Islamic studies students in secondary school students in AMAC Area Council, FCT, Abuja includes: researching, collaborative learning, e-learning, and online reading.
  4. The internet activities of Islamic studies students which affect their academics in the following ways: chatting, seeing movies online, video streaming, playing video game, and surfing the internet.

5.4 Recommendations

Based on the findings of the study, the following recommendations are proffered.

  1. Students should not be restricted in their access to the internet but could be closely monitored to control their use of internet, so that the use of internet is not at the expense of their academics.
  2. The students should also endeavour to explore the benefits of the internet for academic purpose and personal development, as well as for the betterment of their academic performance.
  3. Parents should not also leave their children to take absolute control of their lives, rather, they should create time to monitor the activities of their children on the internet and should also show adequate concern for their academic progress.

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