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International Journal of Research Studies in Computing
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ISSN (Print) 2243-772X - ISSN (Online) 2243-7797
Published by Consortia Academia Publishing Homepage  [6 journals]
  • A study on the agricultural research scientists’ knowledge in the
           use of internet resources

    • Authors: Benjamin Yao Folitse, Simon Kwame Osei, Lucy Payne Dzandu, Grace Obeng Koranteng
      Abstract: The study examined the Research scientists’ knowledge in the use of Internet resources for research in the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana. A quantitative research approach was adopted for the study, using a survey as research method. A random sampling technique was used to select 109 agricultural research scientists for the study. Data were collected through the use of a structured questionnaire. A total of 98 cases were analyzed which represented 89.9% of the total sample. The data were subjected to frequencies, percentages, means, standard deviation, Pearson’s product-moment correlation (r) and multiple regression. The results showed that most researchers acquired computer knowledge without undergoing formal training in the use of the Internet. Mostly they learnt through self-development. The researchers used the Internet mostly for research purposes. The study therefore recommended that various institutes should acquire more bandwidth for their Internet connections to accommodate more computers and to improve the Internet speed. Internet networks must be active and continuously sustained in order to make this valued resource effective in all agricultural research institutes.
      PubDate: 2017-05-31
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
  • Determinants of agricultural extension agents’ internet competencies in
           Eastern Region of Ghana

    • Authors: Bethel Worlah Akpotosu, Festus Annor-Frempong, Martin Bosompem
      Abstract: Internet has been introduced by Ministry of Food and Agriculture to improve extension delivery in Ghana. However the extent to which extension agents have acquired the knowledge and skills to use it was not known in Eastern Region. The study looked at the determinants of Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) Internet competencies in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The study used descriptive survey design, stratified proportional sampling technique and validated questionnaire to collect data from 217 AEAs in ten districts of Eastern Region. Statistical tools such as frequencies, percentages, means, standard deviation, appropriate correlation coefficients were generated to describe or identify relationships among variables of the study. The study revealed that age, educational level, marital status, rank, location, years of experience, monthly salary, duration of use, years of using Internet, and training of AEAs relate significantly to Internet competencies of AEAs. The best predictors of Internet competencies of AEAs were training, location, duration of use, age and educational level.
      PubDate: 2017-04-18
      Issue No: Vol. 6 (2017)
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