AWARENESS OF THE NEED AND EXTENT OF APPLICATION OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) IN JUNIOR SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM IN ENUGU STATE

AWARENESS OF THE NEED AND EXTENT OF APPLICATION OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) IN JUNIOR SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM IN ENUGU STATE

ABSTRACT

This study focused on awareness of the need and the extent of application of information and communication technology (ICT) in junior Social Studies curriculum in Enugu State. The study was guided by three research questions and two hypotheses. The study adopted the descriptive survey research design. The population of the study comprised seven hundred and eighty-nine (789) junior secondary Social Studies teachers in 263 secondary schools in Enugu State. The entire population was used for the study. The instrument for data collection was a structured questionnaire constructed by the researcher. The questionnaire was titled “Questionnaire on Awareness of the Need and Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Social Studies (QANAICTSS)”.  Three experts validated the instrument. The instrument yielded a satisfactory overall reliability co-efficient value of 0.88. The data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation to answer the research questions while t-test was used to test the research hypotheses. The findings of the study were that, to a high extent, teachers are aware of the need to apply information and communication technology in junior secondary Social Studies curriculum implementation in Enugu State; to a low extent, male and female Social Studies teachers apply ICT in Social Studies curriculum implementation in Enugu State; to a low extent, urban and rural based Social Studies teachers apply ICT in Social Studies curriculum implementation in Enugu State; that there is no significant difference in the mean scores of male and female brased Social Studies teachers on the extent to which they apply information and communication technology in junior secondary Social Studies curriculum implementation in Enugu State; and that there is no significant difference in the mean scores of urban and rural based Social Studies teachers on the extent to which they apply information and communication technology in junior secondary Social Studies curriculum implementation in Enugu State. Based on the findings of the study, conclusion and relevant recommendations were made.