Effects of Information and Communication Technology (Ict) Application on Academic Achievement of Students in Christian Religious Studies in Cross River State (Published)
This study investigates the effects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) application on academic achievement of students in Christian Religious Studies (CRS). This was necessitated by the fact that so much has been said about the use of ICT in Science-based subjects but little, if any is known about the role of ICT in the teaching and learning of CRS. The research design adopted for the study is a quasi-experimental, randomized pretest-posttest experimental design. Eight (8) public secondary schools and eighty (80) Senior Secondary School One (SSS1) students in Cross River State were selected by stratified random sampling technique. Three research questions were answered and three null hypotheses were posited and tested at 0.05 level of significance. The research instruments used for the study is Sample Selection Pre-test 1 and 2 (SSPT1&2), Projected Video Package (PVP) and ICT Facility Observation Checklist (ICT-FOC). The gathered data are analyzed according to research questions and research hypotheses using mean percentage, standard deviation and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA). The findings of the study indicate that students taught using the Projected Video Package (PVP) performed better than those taught using the Conventional Instructional Strategy (CIS) in CRS; the male students revealed higher level of achievement compared to the female students; urban students that were taught using PVP performed better than those taught using CIS. Based on the findings, we recommend that educational authorities should train CRS teachers on the use of ICT in the classroom to enhance students understanding of the basic themes in Christian Religious Studies.