American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online) DIO: 10.30845/aijss

Using Technology to Educate Women Religious in Africa
Kathryn Clauss, Jane Wakahiu, Mary Salvaterra

The purpose of this survey was to determine the usefulness of MP3 players in the educational experience of women religious in five sub-Saharan countries. The women’s ability to implement cellphones led to the assumption that other innovations could be acculturated, consistent with Rogers’ (1995) adoption of an innovation theory. Surveys were sent to 158 women religious who received an MP3 player preloaded with five hours of instruction. Thirty-nine participants responded to the survey that examined the benefits and limitations of the MP3 player. Findings illustrate the effectiveness and efficiency of MP3 players. Benefits included portability, manageability, radio use, and means of sharing information. Frequent power outages, barriers to recharging and reliance on ear plugs were cited as challenges.

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