ACADEMIC USE OF INTERNET BY THE HIGHER SECONDARY SCIENCE STUDENTS OF CUTTACK DISTRICT
In this study an attempt is made by the investigator to study the extent of use of internet by the higher secondary science boys and girl students both in rural and urban areas for academic purposes. The sample of the study consists of 80 higher secondary science students of Cuttack district. The sample was selected purposively from two urban and two rural colleges. The data were collected by the self made questionnaire. percentage analysis is done. The main findings of the study revealed (i) more than 87 % of students used internet for doing project and practical work. Among them 94% urban, 81% rural, 89% boys and 86% girls students were involved. (ii) most of the students used smart phone.(iii) students followed trial & error method and took assistance from friends.(iv) they used Google for searching subject related information.(v) more than 51% students browsed daily and spent 1-2 hours.(vi) 81% students stated that science learning become more easy and interesting by the internet.(vii) about 55% students revealed that internet is more useful in biology subject.74% urban, 36% rural, 64% girls and 46% boys admitted it.(viii) more than 66% agreed that internet is essential to understand science concept, principle & strategy and enrich scientific knowledge.