• Columbus O. Ogbuabor Department of Educational Foundation and Administration Federal college of education, Eha Amufu



Problematic mobile phone use, schoolwork, students, secondary school


Schoolwork participation is an essential component of the educational ecosystem of every society. However, engaging in schoolwork in many cultures has been fraught with many challenges, including the ever-increasing innovations in smartphone technology. The present study examined problematic mobile phone use as a variable that could account for the variations in schoolwork participation among secondary school students. Two hundred and fifty-two senior secondary school students from five public and private schools in Enugu state participated in the survey. They completed a self-report measure of the Schoolwork Engagement Inventory and Smartphone Addiction Scale-Short Version (SAS-SV). The simple regression analysis conducted on the data revealed problematic mobile phone use as a positive predictor of schoolwork participation. Most importantly, the result showed that problematic mobile phone use explained 21.1% of the variance in schoolwork engagement. The practical implications and recommendations are discussed.


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