CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. – Freeman Dyson Technology plays an important role in every sphere of life. It has certainly changed the way we live in different aspects of life and redefined living. Several sectors like medicine, warfare, transportation and navigation, business, economy, and even in education particularly in science and mathematics. Manual tasks can be automated, complex and critical processes can be carried out with ease and efficiency with the help of modern technology.
Each fields have undergone a major change and sure, they have changed for the better. High technology these days have revolutionized the field of education. The importance of technology in schools cannot be ignored. Learners are more exposed to the daily information that comes from all parts of the globe. It has become easier for the teachers to render knowledge and for the students to grasp it. As the young generations live with this advancement in technology, different aspects of life had changed. This include the negative impacts of this technology.
Students spend a large amount of time engaging in technologies for entertainment, such as playing Gameboy, watching DVDs, or listening to music players. They tend to be less involved in academic life. Positive impacts will be an important part of this study, for which technology used for academic engagement. A student may use computers, electronic mails, or a cellular phone for social purposes, however, those same technologies will also be use for communication on academic matters, thereby increasing educational involvement. According to Maxima J. Acelajado, (Ph. D. De La Salle University), “It is a fact that with the growing sophistication of people’s lifestyle, students have been unconsciously demanding for materials and gadgets. The contemporary socio-cultural milieu has molded the today’s young generation into an environment of false needs so that an individual’s capacity to grasp numerous cognitive domains seems to have diminished due to his dependence on technological devices. Although it cannot be denied that the use of technological devices facilitates learning, educators should be able to teach prudent use of such devices. In this days, computer education is a part of school and college curricula. We live in a technology-age and hence, it is extremely important for us to introduce ourselves to the new inventions and discoveries that have made a difference to our daily life. As these becomes more prevalent and readily accessible, educational institutes generally expect students to use technology while at school and at home. This study will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the technology in academic development of the student.
Thus, in response to this, the researchers has decided to conduct a survey on the impacts of technology dependency on academic performance of the students of University of Saint La Salle-Bacolod in different school departments. The researchers have prepared a comprehensive questionnaire to facilitate the students’ evaluation of specific areas of concern. The data gathered from this survey will be subject to close examination, evaluation and recommendation. Statement of the Problem
The primary purpose of this study is to determine the impacts of technology use on the academic development of the students, and to discuss the positive and negative effects of the technological dependency on the students. Specifically, the study aims to answer the following questions: 1. to what purpose does the student use technology? 2. to which extent were these technology impacts students’ educational involvement and development? 3. what are the significant differences exist if any, in the achievement of the different abilities? . what are the student’s insights about the instructional technology? This study will also examine the effects of computer use and other technologies, such as instant messaging, handheld gaming devices, and MP3 players on academic involvement and healthy lifestyles of the students. Scope and Limitations of the Study Objectively, this survey focuses on the impacts of the Technology Dependency referred to in the research. The study will touch both negative and positive impacts of technology use and dependency of the students.
This survey will provide an assessment on the extent of technology use in the academic development, interactions, and involvement of the students. The sample for the study included students who were enrolled in different college departments of University of Saint La Salle-Bacolod. There will be 20 selected respondents to be survey on each Departments from College of Nursing, College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Business and Accountancy, those that are much exposed from technology and those that have less access to differentiate the impacts it has on the students.
Further, it includes evaluation on their involvement with different activities on technology dependence and independency. Similar survey sheets will be distributed by the researchers to all the target respondents throughout the University within one-week period. Significance of the Study This research study on the Impacts of Technology Dependency on the Academic Performance of USLS students is significant because of the following reasons: 1.
This survey will assist the University in providing an atmosphere conducive to learning for students by assessing and evaluating how targeted students from different departments respond to computer education offered by the school. 2. Through the thorough assessment and evaluation of the survey results, the school departments may then improve program and services which appear ineffective, strengthen areas which have significantly contributed to the academic development of the students in the university, and impose to the students the information sent and the proper use of this technology. . By carefully considering the opinions and suggestions of the targeted students solicited through the survey, the departments may consider implementing the use of these technologies on their teaching strategies, learning environment and the interaction between the teacher and the students. 4. Moreover, this survey and the action undertaken s a result of the assessment and evaluation of the survey will promote a deeper understanding of the negative and positive impacts of technology dependency of the students on their academic development and the relationship of technology and education of college students to the development of their behavior, social awareness, lifestyle and most especially on their academic performance which the study focuses to. Definition of Terms This section aims to define or explain some ambiguous terms used in the report.
These terms are listed below with their corresponding definitions. Technology is the making, usage and knowledge of tools, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or serve some purpose. In this study, this term means the stuffs used by students for entertainment, social, and academic works. Dependency refers to being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. In this study, this term refers to the state of the students where they rely on technology.
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