Gender differences in internet addiction and interest in mathematics among secondary school students in Obio-Akpor local government area of Rivers state
Amadioha Ambrose, Onukwufor Jonathan N
This study was conducted to ascertain gender differences in secondary school student’s internet addiction, interest in mathematics and academic achievement in mathematics in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State. Population of the study comprised all the senior secondary class two students (SSS 2) in the LGA. Sample for the study was made up of 180 students drawn through purposive and stratified random sampling technique. The sample composed 95 male and 85 female students. Two questionnaires were use for the study. They are Internet Addiction Test (IAT) developed by Young which contained 20 items. The other questionnaire used was the Mathematics Interest Inventory (MII) developed by the researchers. Academic achievement in mathematics was measured by SSS 2 mathematics scores. The reliability co-efficient for both the IAT and the MII were 0.78 and 0.71 respectively. Three research questions and three hypotheses were answered and tested using z test statistical analysis the results of the study were as follows: there was no significant difference between male and female students internet addiction among secondary school students in Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers State. Also, there was no significant difference between male and female students interest in mathematics. There was also no significant difference between male and female students academic achievement in mathematics in Obio-Akpor LGA of Rivers State. Some recommendation were made among which was that teachers should adopt stepwise approach in teaching and evaluation of mathematics in schools.