E-Learning and Achievement in Chemistry among Higher Secondary Students in terms of Usage of Internet and Number of concepts viewed
R. Jayakumar & R. Krishnakumar
E-learning has reached every nook and corner of the world and India is no exeption. Computers at school level are an increasingly valuable tool for learning one of our educational goals should be to prepare students for a world in which the E-learning will continue to play a significant role. A child must be computer literate in order to make the society into a knowledgeable society. The E-learning in the class rooms at school would allow faculty to take advantage of these emerging technologies in their class presentations and permit students to have the hands on experience of learning with these tools. Research indicates that E-learning can help support achievement and is especially useful in developing the higher order of skills of critical thinking, analysis and scientific inquiry by engaging students in authentic, complex tasks with in collaborative learning context (Fox & Mackeogh, 2003). Students can learn from computers where technology used essentially as tutors and serves to increase students basic skills and knowledge and can learn with computer where technology is used as a tool that can be applied to a variety of goals in the learning process and can serve as a resource to help develop higher order thinking, creativity and research skills. Academic achievement is of a paramount importance particularly in the present socio-economic and cultural contest obviously in the school great emphasis is placed on achievement right from the beginning of formal education. The school has its own systematic hierarchy which is largely based on achievement and performance rather than ascription or quality. In India, union territory of Puducherry, in the present study the investigators were trying to identify the extent of contribution of the background variables to the post-test scores and gain scores between E-learning and academic achievement in Chemistry among higher secondary students of Puducherry town. The result reveals the existence of a significant dependence between the learning and achievement in Chemistry further total sample. It may be regarded as representing slight association between the Usage of Internet and Number of concepts viewed variables.¬ The Gain scores and post test scores in E-learning in Chemistry and the scores predicted from those two variables are found to be associated to the extent given by its multiple-R. The Co-efficient of multiple correlations is found to be significant at 0.00 level. This finding is consistent with those¬ obtained by Pintrich et al. (1991) Zarabian F.; Rastegar Pour H.; Sarmady M. R.; Zandi B.; Farajollahi M.(2011) which shows that, online teaching methodology multimedia based instruction helps in teaching learning and the successful realization of instructional objectives. From the above study, the researcher has an idea that E-learning provides greater opportunities for the students to learn. It is better than the traditional method of learning. It brings a new kind of concrete experiences through Usage of Internet and Number of concepts viewed for the students of higher secondary school. Therefore, the researcher desires that more number of educational institutions should teach the topic Chemistry by using on-line method and make the process of teaching and learning process more effective.