Gender Variability in Internet Searching Behaviour of Postgraduate Students in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

By Theodora O. Bello.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Information and Communication Technologies( ICTs) hold great promise in the drive for development and provide knowledge and resources that hold the potential for women’s empowerment. Access to technology is not only creating the availability of hardware and software, but also developing a behaviour that facilitates ICT usage. This study examined the internet searching behaviour of Nigerian postgraduate female students using Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria as a case study. Two-hundred-and-forty randomly selected postgraduate students responded to an Internet Behaviour checklist and a questionnaire. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics and the t-test of independent samples. Findings revealed that female postgraduate students’ internet skills were not adequate for research productivity compared to the male postgraduate students. Further findings showed that their internet skill level varied with the type of course being offered, with science students having better skills than the arts students.

Keywords: Internet, Postgraduate, Gender, Behaviour, Communication

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 8, pp.295-304. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 742.987KB).

Dr Theodora O. Bello

Lecture, Institute of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria

Dr. Theodora Olufunke Bello has B.Sc Physics (Second Class Lower Honours), M.Sc. (Nuclear Physics), M.Ed. (Curriculum Studies) in Science Education, M.Phil. and Ph.D. (Atmospheric Physics) all from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria and a researcher in Science/Space Science and Technology Education. She belongs to many professional organizations. Dr. Bello’s research interests include science education, gender studies, space science education, e-learning, and atmospheric physics. She has been published widely in national and international journals. She has about 19 published articles, including three co-authored books. She has supervised about 25 undergraduate projects, three PDGE and two M. Ed. projects. She had participated in the Nigerian Meteorological Experiment (NIMEX-1, II, III & IV) network, which was conducted at the Teaching and Research Farm, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010 respectively. She was a resource person for the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in English (CSSTEE), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, where she organized workshops and conferences on Space Science and Technology Education for Secondary and Primary School Pupils. She is also a trainer in proposal writing, a resource person for National Teachers’ Institute and Universal Basic Education Programme, which trains teachers in Basic Science, Integrated Science, ICT and Mathematics.


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