EFFECTS OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF STUDENTS IN LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY.
The research project was conducted to assess the effects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on academic performance of students in Lagos State University.
The study among others, examine students competency skill in handling (ICT) facilities in schools for academic excellence.
The instrument used in carrying out this study is an itemized questionnaire which is used to elicit information from Students and their view on Impact of (ICT) on academic performance of students. Three hypothesis was constructed and ten itemized questions was drawn against each hypothesis which make it 30 itemized questions in all.
The effect of (ICT) on the academic performance of students in LASU. The target population is made up of all the students in Lagos State University but due to inconveniences of large population of study. The population of the study comprised two hundred and forty (240) students. The data collected from this study were analyzed and interpreted by using chi-square computation analysis.
Research instruments include:
Test of students gender Attitude Towards ICTs (TSGAICT) Questionnaire on students ICTs Acquired Skills (QSICTAS) Questionnaire on ICTs Resources Available of students (QICTRAS)
Base on the researcher's findings, when the questionnaires were administered. The study revealed that there is strong relationship between (ICT) facilities and academic performance of students in LASU.
And the recommendation by the researcher, if implemented would help to improve the standard of education in Lagos State.
TABLE OF CONTENT
Title Page i
Table of content vii
1.1 Background to the Study 1
1.2 Purpose of Study 4
1.3 Statement of the Problem 5
1.4 Significance of Study 6
1.5 Research Hypotheses 7
1.6 Scope of Study 7
1.7 Operational definition of terms 8
REVIEW OF RELATED LITERATURE
2.1 Theoretical framework 10
2.2 Review of related literature 13
2.3 Meaning of Information and Communication
Technology. (ICT) 16
2.4 Role of Information and Communication Technology 18
2.5 Teleconference 21
2.6 Nigerian Information and Communication Technology
(ICT) Policies 24
2.7 Current ICT Initiatives and Projects 26
2.8 Telecommunication in Nigeria 26
2.9 Impact of ICT and Academic Performance of students
in schools 28
2.10 ICT Training Programmes among students and how
it enhances academic performance in schools. 34
2.11 ICT resources support available in schools information and Communication Technology ICT in primary education 35
2.12 Information and Communication Technology ICT in
Secondary School level Education 36
2.13 Information and Communication Technology ICT In Tertiary level Education 38
2.14 Information and Communication Technology ICT in Lagos State University 41
2.15 The Challenges and Benefits of ICT in Tertiary Education
in Nigeria 43
2.16 Information and Communication Technology (ICT) benefits
for Nigeria Tertiary Institutions 45
3.1 Research Design 49
3.2 Population of Study 50
3.3 Sample and Sampling procedure 50
3.4 Variables in Study 50
3.5 Research instruments 51
3.6 Validity of the Instrument 53
3.7 Reliability of the Instrument 53
3.8 Procedure for the Study 53
3.9 Data Analysis 54
RESULT OF FINDINGS
4.1 Discussion of Result 55
4.2 Questionnaire Analysis 55
5.0 Summary, Discussion, Conclusion, and Recommendation
5.1 Summary of findings and discussions 62
5.2 Conclusion 67
5.3 Recommendation 69
Appendix (Questionnaire) 75
1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDY
The effects of information and communication ICT on academic performance of students in higher education programmes has been topic of a good deal of debate. This is because information and communication Technology ICT has become key tools and had a revolutionary impact of how we see the world and how we live in it.
This phenomenon has given origin to the contemporary and advances in our ways of life. There is drastic improvement on how students and lecturers explore benefits from information and Communication Technologies ICTs opportunities academic research, teaching and learning.
Information and communication technology ICT is the technology that ahs made positive impact in information generation, storage, retrieval and transmission or communication. Adeyinka, (1999). According to Adeya (2005), information and Communication Technologies ICTs cover internet services provision, telecommunications equipments and services, information technology equipment and services, media and broadcasting, libraries and documentation centres, commercial information providers, network-based information services and other related information and communication activities.
Higher education is approaching the point at which information and communication Technology (ICT), plays a part in nearly all phases of the educational process. Every institutions higher learning uses computers in their educational programmed and Lagos State University is not exempted. Today such issues like Global Mobile System of Communication (GSM), digitalization of information such as texts, numbers and sound are commonly used. They have inevitably become part of the information society and have encouraged easy access to data, records and information and above all made transmission of information among individuals million of miles always possible and less cumbersome.
However, the real challenge of information and communication is not the development of technology, but how to apply and use it for academic. Chukuwunonso (2004) is of the opinion that technology is developing faster than our ability to adopt it. The greatest difficulty is getting people to change.
John (1999) posits that Information Technology IT policies have been inconsistently developed or are lacking in many instances in higher institutions. According to him, where they exist, institutions have implemented policies regarding the sue of computers in educational programs unevenly.
Oyediran (2004) carried out surveys on awareness and adoption of information and communication Technology (ICT) by educators in Nigeria”. It reveals that capacity development of the educators and ICT facilities that can integrate IT culture into educational system of undergraduates have been taken for granted.
Nwaboku, (2002) notes that the present state (Teacher chalk—Board Method) is highly pathetic bearing in mind the obvious capacity of the computer and ICT such as that it ensues creative and independent learning, immediate feedback and the provision of unparallel interaction. The various technologies such as the slide projector, computers laptops, internets, world wide web and so on have been promoted over last 100 years to revolutionize education. But the problem is that, are these ICT facilities reality available in Nigerian schools. It can also be examine that to what extent is the students knowledge of technical know-how (skill) support use of information and communication technology for academic solutions in schools.
The evidence is clear that there are many problems with the current academic system. The fact of matter is that Nigeria tertiary intuitions instructional methods have not changed over the last 50 years. Chukwunonso (2004) in the long run, the effectiveness of these ICT and new digital tools will be dependent on the way in which ICT policies are evaluated and implemented.
1.2 PURPOSE OF THE STUDY
In a complex society like Nigeria, we recognize that several factors affects the academic performance of students in their various academic purist of higher institutions. For that reason, the purpose of this study is not is not to look in to such factors but to discuss information communication technology in relation to students education performance and relate it to sustainable development of education in Lagos State University.
Nellie (2001) suggests a follow –up of new innovations of informational and communication technology ICT trends, points to the fact that the educational system cannot shy away from the application of computers for instruction purposes in its entire ramification but these facilities are not readily available.
This research study intends to:
Examine the availability of information and communication technologies ICTs facilities for students usage in schools. Examines the pedagogical usage of ICTs Examine the concept of information and communication technologies ICT and its relevance to education. Examine student’s competency skills in handling ICT facilities in schools for academic excellence. To examine the impact of government on policy and provision of ICTs resources and facilities in schools
1.3 STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM
The research will examine students’ usage of computer and internet facilities for the pedagogy of study at the tertiary levels, specifically, the work will take cognizance of the effects of information and communication technology ICT resources support availability, competence skills level of students and lecturers for information and communications technology exploration, students of Lagos State University attitudes about ICTs and the importance of the use of computer for research purposes in schools.
It is also a great concern of this research project to address the above problems from the following viewpoints.
The problem to this research project is that, effects of information and communication technology (ICT) on academic performance of students in Lagos State University have not been examine. Also, it is also of great concern of this research to ascertain benefits students of Lagos State University get from ICTs facilities for academic excellence.
1.4 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The result of this research study will enable individual students, lecturers and government to discover the impact of information and Communication Technology in sourcing for information improving academic performance and shaping workforce opportunities.
It is also believed that the findings f this study will be of interest to the policy maker, curriculum developers, corporate bodies, students lecturers and the general masses who are continuous searching for how to explore ICTs services facilities for society development. This finding can also be of benefit to anyone as a source of innovative ideas.
1.5 RESEARCH HYPOTHESES
For the purpose of this research, the following null hypothesis will be postulated and tested.
Ho1: There is no significant difference between students gender attitude towards ICTs and academic performance of students in higher institution.
Ho2: There is no significant difference between students (ICTs) skills and academic performance of the student in higher institution
Ho3: There is no significant difference between effects of ICTs resources available and academic performance of students in higher institutions.
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
This research study focuses mainly on the effects of information and communication Technology and the academic performance of students. The study will be limited to Lagos State University.
Also, the issue of time, finance, and logistics will affect the effective investigation, as the project has to be submitted within a particular time frame.
1.7 OPERATIONAL DEFINITION OF TERMS
Academic: It implies things connected with education, especially studying in schools and universities. It involves a lot of reading and studying, rather than practical or technical skills.
Performance: How ell or badly you do something. For example High performance. The new management of the school aims to improve student's academic performance.
Effect: A change that something or somebody causes
ICT: Information and communication technology means the study or use of electronic equipment such as computers internet, Facebook, cell-phone e.t.c for storing, acquiring, and analyzing information
Computer: An electronic machine that can store, organize and find information, do calculation and control other machine.
The internet: An international computer network connecting ether network and computers from companies, universities, countries, government, broadcasting stations, etc.
Server: A computer program that controls or supplies information to several computers connected to a network.
The world wide web: a system for finding information on the
(www) internet, in which document are connected to other documents using hypertext links
Cell Phone: It is a digital computerized wireless phone used to communicate between two individuals. It can store, retrieve and send information;
G.S.M:Global Mobile System of Communication..