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Education Research International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 503264, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/503264
Research Article

An Assessment of Internet Uses, Practices, and Barriers for Professional Development by Agricultural Science Teachers in Lagos State

Department of Agricultural Education, Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, P.O. Box 269, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria

Received 5 March 2012; Revised 19 May 2012; Accepted 20 May 2012

Academic Editor: Gwo-Jen Hwang

Copyright © 2012 Olatomide Waheed Olowa. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The paper reports a study carried out on the utilisation of the Internet by agricultural science teachers in Lagos state focusing on uses, practices, and barriers. A questionnaire was developed based on literature and was administered to 300 agricultural science teachers in Lagos schools. 275 questionnaires properly completed were analyzed. Data reveal that 130 teachers are using the Internet for teaching agricultural science in classrooms as well as for various activities that enhance their professional development. Nevertheless, it was found that agricultural science teachers in Lagos State have not fully utilised the Internet because of barriers related to time factor, accessibility, and facilities. It is suggested that for the proliferation of Internet practices, there needs to be an increase in funding for technology, an introduction of computer/technology education, a provision of pedagogical training for teachers, and a provision of administrational support.