ICT and Students’ Achievement in Writing in Makurdi Local Government Area, Benue State
Terwase Philip Agbum; Gladys Ukume and Eucharia Obiora
Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Benue State University, Makurdi
This study focused on the effect of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) on students’ achievement in writing in Makurdi Local Government Area, Benue State. Two research questions guided the study, while two hypotheses were formulated and tested.Purposive sampling technique was used to select a sample of I 60 students in four intact classes in four schools. The four classes were randomized into experimental and control groups and
were exposed to post-test. The experimental group was taught essay writing using ICT, while the control group was taught using conventional approach. Writing Achievement Test (WAD and Lesson Plans for Teaching Writing (LPTW) were used for data collection. Data collected were analysed using mean and standard deviation to answer the research questions and Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA) to test the null hypotheses at 0.05, level of significance. The results revealed significant difference in the mean achievement scores between the experimental and the control groups (p: 0.00<0.05). The study also revealed insignificant difference in the mean achievement scores in writing of male and female students ’exposed to ICT (p= 0.90 >0. 05). Based on the findings, it was recommended among others that English Language teachers should endeavour to use ICT in teaching writing and that seminars,workshops and symposia should be organised regularly by the Reading Association of Nigeria(RAN), English Language Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (ELTAN) and ministries of education for English language teachers to acquaint them with effective ways of using ICT in teaching writing to enhance student achievement n writing.