Perceived Influence of Mobile Phone Text Messaging on the Literacy Level of Semi-literates in Nigeria

By Olubusola I. Eshiet.

Published by The Technology Collection

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One of the goals of global education is the provision of Education for All in order to achieve a vibrant society with recognisable development; socially, politically, and economically. Literacy is one of the key tools of language development; hence cognisance is given to reading and writing skills. The introduction of mobile phones in Nigeria in 2001 brought about a change in the educational development of a majority of Nigerians. This study explored opinions of Nigerians on the influence of e-mobile texts on the literacy level of the Nigerian semi-literates. Data collected via face-to-face and telephone interviews were transcribed and analysed while suggestions were made in view of the findings.

Keywords: Perceptions, Mobile Phones, e-Text Messages, Artisans

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.67-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 632.543KB).

Olubusola I. Eshiet

Research Student, School of Education, Communication and Language Science, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, UK

Olubusola Eshiet holds a Masters degree in Applied Linguistics from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She was a lecturer at University of Uyo at the Department of Languages. She is currently a research student of Newcastle University Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. She is a seasoned scholar who has featured in conferences. Her areas of interests include but are not limited to social interaction in language, conversational analysis, and language literacy.


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