Problematic internet use and academic achievement among teacher-trainees in Israeli colleges

Author/s:

Yaffe, Yosi*
Ohalo Academic College, Israel (vabsolut@windowslive.com)
Gordon College of Education, Haifa, Israel

Burg, David
Ohalo Academic College, Israel (biomodel@research.haifa.ac.il)
College of Science and Technology, Sustainable Methods Institute, USA
Golan Research Institute, University of Haifa, Israel

Abstract:

Digital technology has penetrated all aspects of modern culture, and it has been purported revolutionize education. However, a growing concern alludes to subtle adverse effects it may have on learning outcomes. The current work studied the association between problematic Internet use (PIU) and academic achievements among pre-service teacher trainee students (N=138) from two educational colleges in Israel. A significant interaction effect for PIU and gender was observed on students’ grades, while holding four demographic variables as covariate. These results indicate an underlying behavioral phenomenon with unique relevance in an educational context.

Keywords: internet use; academic achievement; learning difficulties; behavior

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrsp.2015.1020

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