Internet Use and Reading Habits of Higher Institution Students

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Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS) 3 (1): 11-15 Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS) 3(1):11-15 (ISSN:2141-6990) © Scholarlink Research Institute Journals, 2012 (ISSN: 2141-6990) jeteraps.scholarlinkresearch.org

Internet Use and Reading Habits of Higher Institution Students Ofodu Graceful Onovughe Institute of Education Faculty of Education, Ekiti State University ___________________________________________________________________________ Within the Nigerian context, it is worrisome to notice the way derogatory comments about the way students apply themselves to modern technologies. Many people have attributed students’ non-challant attitude to reading to the use of the Internet. The reason is that they do not seem to see any correlation between the Internet and reading. The purpose of this study is to examine the Internet use and reading habits of higher institution students in Ekiti State. The study was conducted using a descriptive survey research method. The population for the study consists of one state university, one private university and a federal polytechnic. The simple random sampling technique was used to select the sample that was used for the study. 266 higher institution first year students were randomly selected from the population. This cut across all disciplines ranging from arts to science to engineering and social sciences, inclusive of both sexes. The survey instrument was a questionnaire titled ‘Internet use and reading habits of higher institution students in Ekiti state’. All data were analyzed using simple percentages. Finding revealed that a large percentage of the respondents generally enjoy reading and it could be safely said that the reading culture of the students is favourable since the advent of internet. It also reveals that large number respondents actually engage in activities that may not add value to their academic performance __________________________________________________________________________________________ Keywords: reading, web pages, ICT, Internet, utility and students __________________________________________________________________________________________ INTRODUCTION habits should be developed from early childhood It is very common for stakeholders in the education through the whole life (Beck& Mckeown, 2001). sector to make derogatory comments about the way Reading habits are also vital part of lifelong learning students apply themselves to modern Information and concept (Raeyaeckers 2002). It is therefore not Communication Technologies especially the Internet. surprising that every nation prides itself in the The Internet is now a means by which the digital reading culture of its literate population. A good divide between the developed and developing reading culture in any nation is therefore an enviable countries is gradually closing up. Research has virtue. established the fact that the most conspicuous users of the Internet are adolescents and undergraduates LITERATURE REVIEW (Kausar& Zobia, 2006; Omotayo, 2006; Ofodu, In the past, undergraduates rely heavily on print 2012). Within the Nigerian context, many people materials such as newspaper for information because have attributed students’ non-challant attitude to they help to create and improve reading habits, reading which culminates in mass failure of students knowledge, and awareness. They can be part of good in both internal and external examinations to the use study habits for students in any area of specialization of the Internet. (Kumar, Singh& Siddiqui, 2011). Most recently, there have been worrisome observations about the Reading enlightens the mind, makes the intellect reading habits of the teaming population in some sharper and makes an individual travel far without countries in Africa and some parts of the world. motion (Braunger &Lewis, 2006). Generally speaking, reading has been accepted as an interactive...
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