Abuja Journal of Agriculture and Environment (AJAE)

PERCEIVED CHALLENGES OF INTEGRATING ICT IN EFFECTIVE TEACHING OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN KWARA STATE, NIGERIA
Author(s): Ayanda, Ibrahim Folorunsho, Olatinwo, Latifat Kehinde and Okanlawon, Emmanuel Ademola
Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 1 (2023)

ABSTRACT:

The study investigated the perceived challenges of integrating the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching Agricultural Students. A two-stage sampling procedure was used to select 150 Agricultural science teachers. Results revealed that the average age of teachers was 35.8 years. Majority of the respondents (76.7%) were married. The result also revealed that the majority, 94.7% of the respondents either have a Bachelor’s degree, Higher National Diploma or National Diploma. 50% of the respondents had a high level of technical skills in utilizing ICT facilities such as computers, the internet, and digital instructional materials. Results also showed that 81% of the agricultural science teachers agreed that myriads of problems such as the high cost of ICT facilities and equipment, inadequate training and seminar on ICT, epileptic power supply and poor network service by network providers affected the efficient use of ICT facilities by the Agricultural teachers. The study concluded that younger agricultural teachers have great potential to integrate the use of ICT facilities in teaching agricultural science. It was recommended that the use of ICT for teaching agriculture in Kwara state schools should be encouraged as affordability and professionalism of ICT facilities should be made possible by both government and non-governmental organizations in the country.

KEYWORDS:

ICT, Agricultural Teachers, and Technical Skills