EFFECTS OF WHATSAPP ON THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS IN COST ACCOUNTING IN FEDERAL COLLEGES OF EDUCATION
….Rilwan Daramola & Prof. T. A. Umoru
The study was carried out to investigate the effects of WhatsApp on the academic performance of
business education students in cost accounting in Federal Colleges of Education in North-West
Nigeria. Quasi experimental design was adopted for the study. In order to achieve this, three
specific objectives and three research questions were raised. Three null hypotheses were tested
for the study. The population of the study was 241 students and the sample was 91. Cost
Accounting Performance Test (CAPT) was used as the instrument for data collection. The
instrument consisted of two sections. Section A was the pre-test and section B was the post-test.
The data collection procedure lasted for five weeks. The research questions one to three were
answered using mean and standard deviation. Null hypotheses one to three were tested using
Analysis of Covariance (ANCOVA). All the hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance.
Null hypotheses one were rejected, while hypotheses two and three were retained. The study
found that WhatsApp had positive effects on the academic performance of Business Education
students in Cost accounting. However, there was no significant gender effect on the academic
performance of male and female students who were taught cost accounting using WhatsApp.
There was a significant difference in the academic performance of business education students
taught Cost Accounting using WhatsApp and lecture method. Based on the findings, it was
concluded that WhatsApp affected the academic performance of business education students in
cost accounting. It was recommended among others that WhatsApp should be used to teach cost
accounting to Business Education students in Colleges of Education.