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Call Number (WOU) SP MEd 2016 2
Author Hsu, Yee Ling
Title Investigating the perceptions of secondary school students in Kuching, Sarawak in using Whatsapp for communication and learning purposes / Hsu Yee Ling
Abstract The use of mobile technologies among high school students is increasing rapidly with the affordability of smartphones and social media applications such as WhatsApp. Instant messaging (IM) is an innovative tool adopted as a platform for teachers and students to communicate for social and learning intentions. This study is undertaken to examine the use of WhatsApp among secondary school students in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. Specifically, it explores the perceptions of the students on the use of Whatsapp for communication and learning and investigates the problems or concerns encountered from the IM’s use. To address these issues, a qualitative method of research was performed. 64 questionnaires were distributed to selected secondary school students in two schools in the city followed by an interview of 5 students from the same sample. The study revealed that WhatsApp is the top IM used by secondary school students; preferred by most compared to calling or short messaging service (SMS). WhatsApp is deemed as a convenient and effective tool for communicating for social and academic purposes. Students participate in group chats to discuss and share ideas, thoughts and opinions on a range of topics and enjoy the features of WhatsApp to send text, images or videos. For proper management and successful attainment of learning objectives of online groups, the teacher’s presence is vital. Despite the benefits offered by WhatsApp, the study also showed that students are bothered by the amount of time taken up particularly from random or off-task chats, the distraction to their social and academic obligations, reduction in the use of appropriate vocabulary from over-reliance on emoticons to convey messages and the negative effects on spelling.
Notes Final project report submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Education.
Publisher/Year Penang : School of Education, Languages and Communications, Wawasan Open University, 2016.
Subject Telecommunication
Subject Networking -- Internet
Subject Education tools
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