Faculty attitude and use of ICT in instructional delivery in tertiary institutions in a developing nation

Author/s:

Onwuagboke, Bede Blaise Chukwunyere*
Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Nigeria (bbconwu@yahoo.com)

Singh, Termit Kaur Ranjit
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia (termitk@gmail.com)

Abstract:

This study is a survey aimed at ascertaining the attitude of academic staff in tertiary institutions in Imo State Nigeria towards the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in teaching. It also examines their level of use of ICT for teaching and learning purposes. The paper also compares the attitude of the faculty by gender and type of the institution they teach in, i.e. college of education, polytechnic and universities. The paper tried to ascertain if attitude of faculty to ICT correlates to actual usage in the classroom. 300 academic staff members were randomly selected from lecturers in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. A set of instrument tagged ICT attitude questionnaire and ICT use questionnaire was administered to the respondents. Data collected was analysed using descriptive, inferential and correlational statistics. Findings reveal that although academic staff have positive attitude about ICT use in instruction, they however reported low level use of ICT for instructional purposes. There is no significant difference in attitude according to gender; similarly, significant differences in attitude does not exist by type of institution among the three types of tertiary institutions. Faculty attitude was found to be positively correlated with use of ICT in curriculum. The paper concludes that academic staff should embrace innovative techniques by a favourable disposition towards them which will help boost classroom implementation of such innovations.

Keywords: developing nation; faculty attitude; use of ICT; instruction; tertiary institutions

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrset.2016.1428

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