Use of the Internet by Nigerian Female Undergraduates: Implications for Inclusive Higher Education
The global concern for female access to new information technologies has taken a centre stage of education debates in Africa. Access to and use of these technologies is directly linked to the vision of inclusive developmental strategies and participation in global economies of the twenty – first century. This case study investigated the Nigerian female undergraduate utilization of the new technologies and its implications for inclusive higher education. Using stratified random sampling, six hundred and seventy five female students were drawn from eight faculties in the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Data obtained were analyzed using simple percentages and chi-square statistics. There were significant differences among female students in different levels both in frequency and purpose of visit to the internet. We also confirmed that when access and support are provided, females are eager users of technology. Concerted efforts are needed on the part of higher education authorities to create more opportunities for female students to build their capacities through technology thereby upholding the inclusive ideals in our social context.