AN ASSESSMENT OF USES OF THE INTERNET BY FEMALE UNDERGRADUATES OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY ZARIA


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page
Table of Contents
List of Acronyms/Abbreviations
Abstract

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1       Background to the Study
1.2       Statement of the Research Problem
1.3       Research Questions
1.4       Aim/Objectives of the Study
1.5       Significance of the Study
1.6       Scope of the Study
1.7       Limitations of the Study
1.8       Operational Definition

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 Introduction
2.2       Background On Demography and Patterns of the Internet uses
2.3       Conceptual Review
2.3.1 Undergraduates‘ Behaviour Towards the Internet and Purpose of Using it
2.3.2 Frequency of Surfing the Internet and Common Search Engines Used By UG
2.3.3 Constraints Faced By Undergraduates Using the Internet
2.4 Empirical Review
2.5 Gap in Knowledge
2.6 Theoretical Framework
2.6.1 Uses and Gratification Theory
2.6.2 Critique of the Theory
2.6.3 Theory Justification

CHAPTER THREE: RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
3.1 Introduction
3.2.1 Research Design
3.2.2 Study Area
3.2.3 Study Variables
3.3 Population of the study
3.4.1Sampling Technique
3.4.2 Sample Size
3.5.1 Method of Data Collection
3.5.2 Instrument for Data Collection
3.5.3 Validity and Reliability
3.5.4 Pilot Study
3.6 Method of Data Analysis

CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Data Presentation
4.3 Discussion of Findings

CHAPTER FIVE: SUMMARY, CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Summary
5.3 Conclusion
5.4       Contribution to Knowledge
5.5       Recommendations
5.6       Suggestion for further studies
REFERENCES
Appendix



ABSTRACT

An assessment of uses of the Internet by female undergraduates of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria is a survey that is meant to determine the behaviour of female undergraduates of A.B.U Zaria towards the Internet and the purpose for which they use it. The study has five specific objectives among which include: to find out the behaviour of the female undergraduates of A.B.U. towards the Internet; to identify the purpose for which the Internet is used by the female undergraduates of A.B.U. and to determine the frequency of surfing the Internet by the respondents. Data was gathered using 1,200 questionnaires in the twelve faculties of the University. A systematic random sampling method was used to select the respondents from the faculties. The questionnaire was administered on the female undergraduates at each of the faculties and the results were collated and analysed using the statistical package for social sciences (SPSS). The major findings of the study revealed that 74.1% of the female undergraduates of the university have interest, good perception and positive attitudes towards the uses of the Internet; 84.2% identified internet as an integral part of education; 81.7% said it is easier to use than the library and 56.7% said it is more informative than their lecturers. Also, 62.5% used it for educational purposes, 71.6% for communication, news and information; 69.1% used it for entertainment; 29% revealed daily use of the internet; 88.5% complained of slow and irregular internet connectivity and 65.1% lack adequate knowledge of websites related to their course of study. However, 91.9% of the respondents revealed that they had never uploaded any materials to the Internet. The study therefore recommended that the university should improve the quality of its Internet services; give proper orientation on the importance of good uses of the Internet; make current and relevant websites available to the students and upload course materials online especially in friendly websites and social networks that are frequently patronized by the students as this will facilitate on-line academic exchange.




CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION


1.1 Background to the Study

The Internet is a network of hundreds of thousands of computers all over the world, connected in a way that lets other computers access information from them. So if a computer is connected to the Internet, in principle, it can be connected to any other computer on the network. Today, the Internet comprises more than 45,000 regional, national and international networks, which connect more than 30 million people in over 200 countries. The networks include organizations, schools, universities, companies, governments, groups and individuals (Gray, 1999).The Internet began in 1969 as ARPANet (Advanced Research Project Agency Network) by the United States Department of Defense to share military intelligence and research with university sources. The Internet has since the 1990s become a widely-used civilian tool for communication, research, entertainment, education and advertisement (Hinson and Amidu, 2006).

The history of the Internet has long been linked to university education. This is because the adoption of the Internet in university system has intensified access to information and communication by providing un-reserved access to e-mail messages, web boards, online services and e-publications.In practice, much of the recent focus of technological development in Nigerian Universities has been concerned with promoting the use of the Internet as a teaching and learning tool. Internet is appealing to Universities for a number of reasons: it reduces the time lag between the production and utilization of knowledge; it promotes international cooperation and exchange of.....


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