THE INFLUENCE OF THE INTERNET ON INFORMATION ACQUISITION AMONG STUDENTS OF BAYERO UNIVERSITY, KANO


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title page
Abstract
Table of content

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

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.0       Introduction
2.1       The Internet
2.2       Benefits of the Internet
2.3       Influence of the Internet on students
2.4       Technological Advancement and the Influence on Communication
2.5       The Role of Internet in Education
2.6       The Relationship between the Internet and other means of Information Acquisition among Students
2.7       Theoretical Framework

CHAPTER THREE: METHODOLOGY
3.0       Introduction
3.1       Types of Research
3.2       Qualitative and Quantitative Methodological Approaches
3.3       Population
3.4       Sample Size
3.5       Instruments of Data Collection
3.6       Guides for Presentation and Analysis
3.7       Validity and Reliability

CHAPTER FOUR: DATA PRESENTATION, INTERPRETATION AND ANALYSIS
4.0       Introduction
4.1       Response Rate
4.2       Presentation and interpretation of Data
4.3       Implications of Findings

CHAPTER FIVE: CONCLUSION
5.0       Summary
5.1       Conclusion
5.2       Recommendation
5.3       References
            Appendixes




ABSTRACT


The use of the Internet in education is gradually gaining prominence in our higher educational institutions. As students are active users of the Internet, it is believed that they utilize the Internet for their academic pursuit. This study explores and investigates the Influence of the Internet on Information Acquisition among Students of Bayero University, Kano during the 2012-2013 Academic Session. However, as the Internet is seen to be a somewhat troublesome media, Social Cognitive Theory underpinned this study giving prominence in understanding how students can self-regulate the use of new media especially the Internet and perform a particular cause of action at a time. Furthermore, the study investigated the extent to which the Internet influences the students of Bayero University, Kano and what use the information from the Internet is put to. The qualitative and quantitative research methods were used in gathering data and conclusions for this study based on frequencies and their equivalent percentages. The sample size for this study was 376, out of which 47 respondents were drawn non-proportionally from 8 sampled departments. Data collected shows that most students have frequent access to the Internet but via Cyber cafes in the institution. Different purposes informed their respective use of the Internet with the greatest number using the Internet for academic purposes. On this basis, the study recommends that universities should provide adequate Internet facilities and an enabling study environment for students at Universities.





CHAPTER ONE

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

1.0    Background to the Study

There is growing concern about the potential effect of Internet use on students. Studies on Internet use and reading variables among students are not commonplace. The rapid growth of the Internet over the years has emerged as the foremost source of disseminating information quickly to a large audience, transcending the limitation of time and space. Basically, one could logically argue that the Internet offers two main benefits: Communication and Information. Information disseminated via the Internet has implications for how it is used in education. Since students are among the popular users of information from the Internet, the development of the Internet would be meaningless if it is not used appropriately in tertiary institutions. However, in spite of the benefits of the Internet for education and learning, there is a growing concern as to whether the increasing number of hours spent by students who surf the Internet, limits the amount of time and effort devoted to the actual reading and studying of the materials obtained from or outside the Internet.

Communication is today more sophisticated and efficient with the advancement of technological support in the world. Pierce (1972) opines that communication is not the only essence of being human but also a vital property of life: Meanwhile, Fleming (2014) defines Communication as the act of conveying information for the purpose of creating a shared understanding. The word ―communication‖ comes from the Latin word ―communis,‖ meaning ―to share,‖ and it includes verbal, non-verbal and electronic means of human interaction. Humans convey information through a variety of methods: speaking, telephones, email, blogs, Television, art, hand gestures, facial expressions, body language and even social contexts. Communication can occur instantaneously in closed, intimate settings or over great periods of time in large public forums, like the Internet. However, all forms of communication require the same basic elements: a speaker or sender of information.....

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