The learning and teaching of computer in schools and colleges in the Nigerian educational sector has over the years received gradual attention. Computer is seen as a carrier of culture as well as a conveyer of thought. However, students' performances in introduction to computers overtime has been consistently poor. This may be due to the fact that the introduction of certain computer terms or concepts may conjure feelings of phobia in the minds of the undergraduate students’ coupled with competition for limited number of computers and few lecturers to teach the course. This study therefore sought to investigate the influence of computer phobia on undergraduate students’ performance in introduction to computer (ITC). Three hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The ex-post facto design was used for this study. Through the stratified random sampling procedure 1000 undergraduate students were selected from five faculties. Researchers designed and validate questionnaires were administered to the selected students and their results in ITC were retrieved from their respective General Studies Centres. The data collected were subjected to analysis using Independent t-test and Analysis of Variance and Fisher's LSD Multiple comparism test. The result of the analysis showed that undergraduate students without computer phobia performed significantly higher than students with computer phobia. Male undergraduate students had less phobia and performed significantly higher than females. Undergraduate students from science faculties had less phobia and outperformed those of arts and social science and education.
|Keywords:||Computer Phobia, Undergraduate Students, Performance, Introduction to Computer|
Associate Professor, University of Calabar, Nigeria
University of Calabar, Nigeria
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