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Change agents, training, and age as correlates of computer use among post graduates in School of Education, Makerere University.

Owolabi, Samuel Olajide; Bakkabulindi, Frederick Edward K; Kabasiita, Jessica; Namirembe, E.

Abstract:
The purpose of the study was to establish the relationship between each of (i) change agents (ii) training and (iii) age and computer use among postgraduates in the School of Education, Makerere University. The study was a co-relational and cross-sectional survey biased to the quantitative approach, involving 69 postgraduates from the said School. Primary data were collected using a self-administered questionnaire and analysed using summary statistics (e.g. means, standard deviations), t-test, Analysis of Variance, Correlation and Multiple Regression Analyses. The study found (i) an insignificant relationship between interaction with ICT change agents and computer use; (ii) a significantly positive relationship between ICT training and computer use; and (iii) a significantly negative relationship between age and computer use. The conclusions were that (i) interaction with ICT change agents was not sufficient to enhance computer use; (ii) ICT training was necessary and sufficient to enhance computer use; and (iii) age was necessary and sufficient to reduce computer use. From significant relationships, it is thus recommended that to improve computer use among postgraduates in the School of Education, Makerere University, stakeholders such as Dean, deputy deans and heads of department should encourage every postgraduate to attain ICT qualifications and/ or training; and give extra encouragement and/ or special ICT training to the aged and ageing.

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Title of Paper: Change agents, training, and age as correlates of computer use among post graduates in School of Education, Makerere University.
Conference Name: International Conference of Education for Sustainable Development (ICESD)
Conference Date: 2009-05-18
Conference Location: Ibadan, Nigeria
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2009
Document Type:Conference Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Teaching and Learning
Country:Uganda
Keywords:Change Agents, ICT (Information & Communication Technology), Learning, Learning Difficulties, Training, Student Centred Learning, Student Development, Capacity Building, Computer Literacy


File Size:162 KB
Rights:Permission granted by authors
Date Added:09 July 2009


Owolabi, S. J.; Bakkabulindi, F.E.K; Kabasiita, J.; Namirembe, E. (2009). Change agents, training, and age as correlates of computer use among post graduates in School of Education, Makerere University.Paper presented at the International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.