Statistical Modelling in Examining Social Media Usage on Academic Performance of Students

Authors

  • Lawrence Sakyi Larbi
  • Henry Kwami Apoenchir

Abstract

This study examines social media usage on academic performance of students in the Colleges of Education
in Ghana. To achieve this, ordinal logistic regression and linear models were used on a sample of 400
students chosen at random from the four zonal Colleges of Education. The result uncovered that social
network usage for non-educational purposes has an adverse effect on students’ academic performance. The
findings of the study indicate that a student using social media mainly for educational purposes has a
greater chance of obtaining a better grade in Further Algebra (one of the mathematics courses in Colleges
of Education in Ghana) than that of a student who uses it for mainly non-educational purposes. The study
therefore suggests that the time used on social media for educational purposes should be increased while
that for non-educational purposes should be reduced in order to aid academic performance. Parents and
teachers should monitor student’s usage of social media in order to deter them from using it for noneducational purposes. Since most educational activities can be done through the social media, parents and
teachers should engage the students on those media in order to help improve their performances as well
as reducing its usage for non-educational purposes.

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Author Biography

Lawrence Sakyi Larbi

This study examines social media usage on academic performance of students in the Colleges of Education
in Ghana. To achieve this, ordinal logistic regression and linear models were used on a sample of 400
students chosen at random from the four zonal Colleges of Education. The result uncovered that social
network usage for non-educational purposes has an adverse effect on students’ academic performance. The
findings of the study indicate that a student using social media mainly for educational purposes has a
greater chance of obtaining a better grade in Further Algebra (one of the mathematics courses in Colleges
of Education in Ghana) than that of a student who uses it for mainly non-educational purposes. The study
therefore suggests that the time used on social media for educational purposes should be increased while
that for non-educational purposes should be reduced in order to aid academic performance. Parents and
teachers should monitor student’s usage of social media in order to deter them from using it for noneducational purposes. Since most educational activities can be done through the social media, parents and
teachers should engage the students on those media in order to help improve their performances as well
as reducing its usage for non-educational purposes.

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Published

2021-06-30

How to Cite

Sakyi Larbi, L., & Kwami Apoenchir, H. (2021). Statistical Modelling in Examining Social Media Usage on Academic Performance of Students. ADRRI Journal of Physical and Natural Sciences, 4(1(4) April, 2021-June). Retrieved from https://journals.adrri.org/index.php/adrrijpns/article/view/643