THE PROBLEM: rationale and background
There has been no era that can be read in the history books that connecting mankind through internet has made its greatest significance than it is today. The Internet, sometimes called simply “the Net,” is a worldwide system of computer networks – a network of networks in which users at any one computer can, if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes talk directly to users at other computers). The Internet gives a child the entire knowledge of the human race at their fingertips. It allows a student to research a subject thoroughly, use proper accreditation, format and add pictures to their essays and papers. The students can sit and type into their laptops along with the teacher, as opposed to having to try and write longhand what information the teacher is writing on the chalkboard, or, more likely, is displaying on the monitor. They can then save the information, and use the portions that they do not understand, copy and paste it into a search engine, and presto! Instant tutoring! Students not only find information and learn mathematics from the internet; it also allows them instant access to all of their friends who are online at the same time. (Marc Phillippe Babineau, Internet and its effects on education) Many people find the Internet to be the ideal place to socialize with others because of its faceless medium and effortless ways to find others with similar interests; through the many ways of communication over the Internet, the common prejudices of life are not evident. (Joshua Benjamin 1999)
In Systems Technology Institute (STI) Digos Campus, the use of internet among the students has been evident for the past years. Primarily, the instructors and the parents alike have been exchanging insights and observations about how online connections have affected the lives of the students. Instructors have also integrated activities, projects, and assignments that require the use of World Wide Web. With regards to the major subjects, Programming Fundamentals or PC Technology, some students have shown exemplary academic performance while others performed poorly especially in terms of written assessment and attendance. Needless to say, it is up to the student on how he/she is going to utilize the enormous amount of information online in order positively or negatively affect his/her academic performance, not only in the major subjects but also on the General Education courses, such as: Communication Arts, Algebra, Business Concepts, and Ethics.
Statement of the Problem
The study aims to determine the significant relationship between the level of internet use and the level of academic performance among the students of STI - Digos. Specifically, it attempts to answer the following questions: 1. What is the extent of internet use of the STI Digos students in terms of: 1.1Application/Category of Internet
1.2Frequency of Use
1.3Time Spent on Internet Use
1.4Purpose of Use ?
2. What is the academic performance of the STI Digos students as perceived by the faculty members in terms of: 2.1. Attendance
2.2. General Weighted Average
2.3Attitude towards academic works?
3. Is there a significant relationship between the level of internet use and the academic performance of the students in STI Digos?
The null hypothesis of this study states that:
There is no significant relationship between the level of internet use in terms of application/category of internet, frequency of use, time spent on internet use, and purpose of using internet; and the level of academic performance in terms of attendance, GWA, and attitude towards academic works among the students of STI – Digos.
* Internet and Its Positive Effect. Among the positive consequences of internet use Clark et al (2004) identified enhanced self-confidence, increased frequency of...