An investigation into impacts of current technology on students and education
Hamadi Asl, Abdollah
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The aim of this research to investigate the effects of technology such as smart phones on students and education. In this regard, four objectives were addressed in this study. The research used both quantitative and qualitative methods. The quantitative component was conducted using 100 questionnaires aimed at university level students. Qualitative research involved four interviews with professionals within the field of education. The quantitative data was analysed using descriptive statistics, while qualitative responses were analysed using an interpretative approach. It was concluded that technology, such as smart phones, has a significant effect on students, education and social life. Both negative and positive impacts were observed. However, the positive impacts outweighed the negative effects on students and learning. Therefore, technology itself cannot be considered a purely negative influence on students’ learning or education. However, it is necessary that the negative effects are recognized and understood by students so as to counter them and utilize technology effectively for improved learning and education.. It was evident from this study that the majority of university students using smart phones scored good grades, suggesting that technology, such as smart phones, overall has a positive effect on students and educational performance. Based on the results of this study, it is recommended that university students should use technology as it has a net positive effect on learning and education.
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