SOCIAL MEDIA, AS A GLOBAL TOOL FOR SUPPLEMENTING THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF PHYSICS IN RIVERS- STATE DURING THE COVID-19 ERA

Ntaka, Nduka Nkechi
Keywords: Social Media, Tool, Teaching, Learning, Physics, Covid-19
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2020 6(1), 27-38. Published: March 10, 2023


Abstract

This paper looks at the use of social media as tool for supplementing the teaching and learning of Physics in secondary schools during the Covid-19 era in Rivers State. Three objectives, three research questions and three hypotheses guided this study. A population size of a hundred and twenty –four students comprising of 67 male students and 57 female students from selected secondary schools in Port Harcourt local Government Area of Rivers State were used for the study. The senior secondary (2) classes were used to teach Physics using Facebook, WhatsApp and Goggle search. The descriptive survey research design was adopted and the simple random sampling technique was used in selecting the respondents for the study. The research questions were answered using structured questionnaire comprising of items, used for data collection and validated by two experts from the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education. The reliability index of the instrument was tested at 0.85. The instrument for data collection for the study was a self- structured closed-ended questionnaire titled, „Influence of Social media on Physics Students, During the Covid-19 Era (ISPSDC). Data?s were analyzed, using the mean and standard deviation for the research questions while the hypotheses was tested at 0.05 level of significance using the t-test statistics. The hypotheses indicated that there was no significant difference in the ratings of the social media (Facebook, WhatsApp and Goggle search) amidst male and female students in secondary schools in Port Harcourt local Government Area of Rivers-state, during the Covid-19 era. It was recommended amongst others that more 21st century resource Physics personnel should be dispatched to train more Physics teachers on the use of social media in the teaching and learning of Physics as the older ones must blend or go for a compulsory retirement.