The impact of the Internet on research: the experience of Delta State University, Nigeria.

Author:Adogbeji, Oghenevwogaga Benson
 
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Introduction

The explosive growth of mobile computing and wireless networks has helped educational institutions stay at the forefront of this changing world (Khalil, 2004). For research to be reliable, it must be based on reliable information. Scholars need quick and easy access to this information. The Internet has been useful to higher education institutions both in the developed and the developing nations of the world.

The Internet has become an invaluable tool for teaching, learning, and research (Yumba 1997, Ojedokun and Owolabi 2003, and Adomi, Omodeko and Otolo 2004). The benefits are so great that there is no sphere of life without an Internet application. This is certainly true for higher education institutions. The Delta State University has embarked on numerous postgraduate programmes at the master's and PhD levels, and faculty have been given a limited time to acquire advanced degrees before losing their positions. Internet access is crucial for these faculty. This study addresses the lack of computer lab or other Internet center for faculty. The study assesses the level of Internet usage among the academic staff of the Delta State University, Abraka, to determine the impact of the Internet on research.

Methodology

A questionnaire was used to gather data for this study. A questionnaire enables researchers to collect data (Obasi, 1992) while providing more response than an interview (Ndagi, 1999). Delta State University has 485 faculty (Adomi, Omodeko, and Otolo, 2004). A total of 100 respondents were selected, representing a 20% sample. Random sampling was used to select the respondents across the five faculties: The faculty of Arts, Science, education, social sciences, medical science, and the University library. A total of 70 questionnaires were used for the analysis.

Findings and Discussion

Section A : BIODATA

Table I : Distribution of the academic staff by gender Gender Number % Male 62 88.6 Female 8 11.4 Total 70 100 The study respondents were primarily males. Table I shows that 62 (88.6%) of the respondents are male while 8 (11.4%) are female.

Table II : Distribution of staff by Department Department Number % Accounting 2 2.9 Anatomy 1 1.4 Botany & Microbiology 2 2.9 Business administration 1 1.4 Chemistry 1 1.4 Economics 1 1.4 Educational Administration 4 5.7 Fine and applied arts 1 1.4 Geography and Regional 2 2.9 Planning Guidance & counseling 2 2.9 History 1 1.4 Institute of Education 2 2.9 Language & Linguistic 6 8.6 Library (The University Library) 10 14.3 Library & Information science 2 2.9 Mathematics 2 2.9 Music 1 1.4 Performing Arts 4 5.7 Physics 3 4.3 Physical & Health Education 1 1.4 Political science 4 5.7 Religion study 1 1.4 Science education 1 1.4 Social science education 1 1.4...

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