Globalization and Nigerian Youths’ Interest in Music Education: The Potentials of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Globalization simply put is the high level of interconnectivity that now exists between the various parts of the world. Its impact is greatly seen through Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) which have transformed approaches to teaching and learning even in secondary schools. Therefore, this study adopted a descriptive survey which ascertained whether the potentials of ICTs when used in teaching would motivate youths’ interest in studying music education amongst others. The population comprised all the males (5,939) and females (11,514) totaling 17,453. Purposive sampling due to nearness was used to select three education zones viz: Onitsha, Awka and Ogidi while simple random sampling was used to select 630 (216 males and 414 females). Four research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. The instrument for data collection was a 46- item questionnaire developed by the researchers. The instrument was trial tested and the reliability co-efficient was computed for the four sections; viz; Section A = 0.80; section B = 0.73; section C = 0.84; and D = 0.82 using Cronbach Alpha. The instrument was administered and data collected were analyzed using means to answer the research questions while the null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance using t-test. The result showed that ICTs have great potentials for motivating the youths’ interest in studying music education although the extent of their utilization in teaching was low due to lack of teachers’ competencies in ICTs and lack of musical technological equipment. However, recommendations were that ICTs should be integrated into the teaching of music education and the teachers should be trained in the operations of ICTs to arouse youths interest for functional music education.
Key words: Globalization, Youths, Interest, Potentials, ICTs
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