Computer Phobia and Undergraduate Students' Performance in Introduction to Computers in South Universities in Nigeria

By Grace Umoren and Usang Bassey.

Published by The Learner Collection

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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

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp.275-286. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 574.475KB).

Assoc. Prof. Grace Umoren

Associate Professor, University of Calabar, Nigeria

A first class Hons degree in Science Education with bias in biology in the first degree and a Masters in the area of curriculum studies from the University of Calabar and a Ph .D from the university of Ibadan, Ibadan- Nigeria.. Won an award as the best graduating science education student in the first degree at the university of Calabar,Calabar – Nigeria. Also won four distinguished awards in 2004 from National Universities Commission, Virtual Institute for Higher Education Pedagogy.

Dr. Usang Bassey

University of Calabar, Nigeria


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