Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(7), pp. 1258-1264  July 2011         
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Effect of training in the use of mobile phone short message service on note-taking and comprehension of students in Kogi State, Nigeria

Omede Jacob

Department of Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counseling Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa, Nigeria. E-mail: 

Received 23 May, 2011; Accepted 01 July, 2011


This study investigated the effect of using mobile phone short message service (SMS) on note-taking and comprehension of materials presented through an audio system. Two research questions and two hypotheses guided the study. The study employed a quasi-experimental non-equivalent pretest, posttest control group design. A sample of 400 subjects was drawn through stratified random sampling procedure. Two instruments-Audio-Taped Lecture (ATL) and Test for Assessing Comprehension (TAC) were designed and used to collect the data for the study. These two instruments were validated and reliability coefficients of 0.88 and 0.81 were obtained for ATL and TAC respectively. The research questions were answered using mean and standard deviation statistics while the hypotheses were tested using the analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) at 0.05 level of significance. The results of the study included that SMS style of writing improves students’ note-taking competence as well as comprehension. Based on these findings, recommendations that were made included the teaching and learning of strategic note-taking using SMS style of writing and also that lecturers should make deliberate and conscious efforts to encourage their students to write notes during lectures.    


Keywords: Training, mobile phone, note-taking, students, Kogi state.

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