Social Studies Teachers’ Competence in the Use of Information and Communication Technology in Secondary Schools in Rivers State, Nigeria

By Chimezie Njoku and Ogunkunle Abiodun.

Published by The International Journal of Technologies in Learning

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This study was conducted to determine the ICT competencies of teachers, especially in Social Studies. Three research questions were raised and one research hypothesis was tested. A Questionnaire titled: Teachers’ Information and Communication Technology Competency (TICTC), was used to obtain data from 182 teachers from junior secondary schools in Port Harcourt Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. The questionnaire had three sections namely, sections A, B and C respectively. Section A obtained information on application of ICT facilities; Section B obtained information on availability of ICT facilities and Section C obtained information on accessibility of ICT facilities Simple percentages, mean and standard deviation were used to answer research questions, while chi-square statistics was used for the hypothesis. The study revealed among other things that there is significant relationship between Social Studies teachers’ competences and application of ICT skills. Again there are inadequate ICT facilities in the schools. Computer technologies have much to offer to educators. They must take advantage of these tools and maximize their benefits for their students. The researchers, therefore, recommend that government at all levels and other stakeholders in education should join hands in the provision of ICT facilities to the schools. Funds should be made available for seminars, workshops and conferences that focus on ICT skills for the teachers. There should be provision of internet facilities to the schools whereby all the classrooms, offices and libraries will be connected to the internet to promote networking among other things.

Keywords: Social Studies Teachers, Information and Communication Technology, Teaching and Learning

International Journal of Technologies in Learning, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp.83-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 303.380KB).

Dr. Chimezie Njoku

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Chimezie Njoku holds a B.Ed in Social Studies, M.Ed in Educational Management and PhD in Social Studies/Curriculum Instruction. Presently she lectures in the department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She has interest in new learning pedagogies especially in Social Studies education.

Dr. Mrs. Ogunkunle Abiodun

Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Abiodun R. Ogunkunle is an associate Professor in the department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology. She holds B.Sc (Ed) in mathematics, M.Ed and P.hD in science education (mathematics based). She is a consultant in curriculum related matters, also interested in innovative methods of teaching and learning mathematics in schools.