A study of student’s internet perceptions at Sokoine University of agriculture, republic of Tanzania

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study was conducted at Sokoine University of Agriculture to find out student attitudes and perceptions towards the Internet in meeting their learning needs. A total of one hundred and two (102) students participated in this study. Convenience and purposive sampling techniques were used to pick respondents. Data for this research was collected through a survey using self-administered questionnaires supplemented by observations. Key findings of this study reveal that most students have a positive attitude towards the Internet and use it for academic purposes as opposed to e-mails or leisure. Findings also revealed that most students believe that the information from Internet is current and easier to retrieve compared to print resources. In terms of perceived reliability of Internet information, the study found that most students compared notes retrieved from the Internet with print sources of information. Findings also revealed while they prefer the Internet, its effective use are hampered by several factors including low band width, few Internet access points, and lack of skills. The study recommends that users should undergo basic training in Internet searching skills. It is also recommended that information literacy should be incorporated into the curriculum. Moreover, there should be a deliberate effort to create awareness on the availability of electronic information resources, particularly in the library.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF Z7914.I57M34)
Sokoine, agriculture
Malekani, A.W (2006) A study of student’s internet perceptions at Sokoine University of agriculture, republic of Tanzania, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.