INFLUENCE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES USE ON STUDENTS READING CULTURE IN TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, KOGI STATE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION TECHNICAL KABBA, KOGI STATE
Keywords:electronic device, handheld, reading culture
The prevalence of electronic devices has become widespread across various aspects of human life, including academia. Consequently, the younger generation's engagement with libraries and their reading habits may have been impacted. This study aimed to investigate the influence of electronic device usage on students' reading culture at the School of Technical Education and Vocational Education of Kogi State College of Education Technical Kabba. A survey research design was employed, and the population of the study comprised students from the Technical Education and Vocational Education departments of the college. A sample size of 120 students was selected using a simple random sampling technique. Descriptive statistical tools such as averages and percentages were used to analyze the collected data and address three research questions. A questionnaire focusing on reading culture was utilized to gather relevant data. The findings revealed that handheld devices were predominantly used by students, followed by computer systems, which consequently affected their utilization of the library. Moreover, students found electronic devices convenient for searching, sharing, and communication both inside and outside the classroom. One recommendation arising from this study is to encourage activities that promote the use of electronic devices, such as providing internet facilities and incorporating their use in teaching and learning processes.