Pre-service Teachers’ Frequency of Use and Attitude towards Social Media Utilization for Educational Purposes in Tertiary Institutions in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
This study examined pre-service teachers’ frequency of use and attitude towards social media utilization for educational purposes in tertiary institutions in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. The influence of gender was also examined. The study employed a descriptive survey design. Five research questions and two hypotheses were answered and tested respectively. A multi-stage sample technique was used to select 1,200 pre-service teachers from two tertiary institutions. A researcher-developed questionnaire was used to elicit responses from respondents. The questionnaire is made up of two sections and its’ items were validated by two educational technology experts and two test and measurement experts. The reliability of the questionnaire was determined as 0.89 using the Cronbach alpha formula in a single administration during the pilot study. Data gathered were analyzed using percentage, mean, standard deviation, and Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test statistics. Based on the findings that emanated from the study, it was therefore recommended that educational tasks that will help the pre-service teachers should be carried out on social media platforms to encourage them to use such for educational purposes.
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