International Journal of Advanced Educational Research

International Journal of Advanced Educational Research


ISSN: 2455-6157

Vol. 4, Issue 6 (2019)

Availability of data processing resources in senior secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis

Author(s): Weli Bumia, Vikoo B
Abstract: The study investigated the availability of Data Processing (DP) resources in senior secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. Three research question and three hypotheses guided the study. Descriptive survey design was adopted for carrying the investigation in this study. A sample of fifty-one (51) Data Processing teachers consisting of fifteen (15) teachers from four public schools and thirty-six (36) teachers from fifteen (15 private schools were involved in the study. Data Processing Materials Observation Checklist (DPMOC) and Data Processing Resources Questionnaire (DPRQ) developed by the researcher were used for data collection. These instruments had reliability coefficients of 0.85 for the observation checklist, 0.72 for the part that deals with factors militating against the availability of resources and 0.82 for the availability of Data Processing teachers. Relevant data gathered were analyzed with simple percentage, mean, standard deviation, Chi-square and independent t-test statistics. The results of the study revealed that computer laboratory, computers, printers, flash memories, CDs, smartphones and Audio and Video Discs are the material resources available in teaching Data Processing (DP) in secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. In addition, there was no significant difference in the material resources available in teaching Data Processing (DP) between public and private secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. Another result of the study was that Data Processing teachers are available in both public and private schools but they are not professionally trained Data Processing specialist. Furthermore, t-test analysis revealed that there was no significant difference in the resources (human) available in teaching Data Processing (DP) between public and private secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. A third find of the study was that lack of finance to purchase computer and its accessories, absence of financial support from the authority that own the school, absence of support from NGOs, private donors, communities, PTA et cetera to provide ICT materials, absence of school-based policy on Data Processing, intermittent disruption of electricity, absence of internet connection in the school, lack of technical support staff in the school, lack of Data Processing teachers in the school, absence of instructional software in different subject areas, and lack of quality Data Processing teachers were all considered to be factors militating against the availability of resources (materials and human) in teaching Data Processing in secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. These factors militating against the availability of resources (materials and human) in teaching Data Processing (DP) do not significantly differ between public and private secondary schools in Port Harcourt metropolis. Hence, based on these findings it was recommended among others that owners of schools such as the government should endeavour to provide adequate Data Processing resources (including infrastructural facilities such as the computer laboratory and computerized library) in the schools for effective teaching and learning of Data Processing.
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