Television as an instrument for children educational advancement a case study of Ife North local government area of Osun state Nigeria
Festus O Otitigbe (Cln)
Television is believed by some people to be a technology from which children learn all sorts of social vices, this perception of people is not totally correct because this technology is neither meant to teach good morals nor social vices, it is simply meant for people to enjoy various kinds of programme, it depends on what kind of programme one devotes his or her time to watch that determines what one learns from it. This research has revealed that television could indeed be an instrument of educational advancement as children could make a great deal of benefit from the educative programmes that they watch on the television. Parents would allow their wards to watch television programmes provided such programmes are those that will make good impact academically, morally and psychologically in the lives of their wards. This research work was carried out to study “Television as an Instrument Children Educational Advancement”; the research work was carried out in Ife North Government, Area, Osun State. A total number of 78 staff members of the Local Government office were used as sample size from the studied population. A well-structured questionnaire was constructed and administered to elicit responses from respondents. The framework for data collection for the study was built on 3 research questions: (i) to what extent is television contributing to educational advancement? (ii) In what light are students benefiting from watching television programmes? (iii) What types of television programmes should be transmitted on television to help facilitate educational advancement? The data collection and analysis were done through survey method; findings revealed that the television is contributing a great deal to educational advancement. It also revealed that students are benefitting more from watching television academically and morally than in social vices. It also revealed that parents would allow their children to watch television programmes very well, especially the educative ones. It also revealed that most of television programmes should be educative. This study is recommended to students to encourage them to utilize the opportunity of the educative programmes being transmitted on the television to their advantage. The study is also recommended to academic institutions to sensitize their constituted management to the advantages associated with the use of television for delivering effective teaching to students. This research work is also recommended to the government to identify the importance of television to educational advancement, and provide necessary supports needed to make broadcasting of educative programmes to people. The research work is also recommended to parents to enlighten them on why they should encourage their wards to watch benefitting television programmes that will put their wards ahead of their contemporaries in school.