Are Malaysian undergraduates ‘digital natives’ in the true sense of the word? a quantitative analysis

Thang, Siew Ming and Nurjanah Mohd Jaafar, and Radha Nambiar, and Zaini Amir, and Wong, Fook Fei (2014) Are Malaysian undergraduates ‘digital natives’ in the true sense of the word? a quantitative analysis. 3L; Language,Linguistics and Literature,The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies., 20 (1). pp. 177-191. ISSN 0128-5157


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This generation of students, born between 1980 and 1994, has grown up with technology from a very young age. They are hypothesized to possess sophisticated knowledge and skills in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and are highly motivated to learn digitally. This implies a need to change the knowledge content and methods of delivery in universities to cater to their needs. However, many studies have revealed that the ‘digital natives’ use of technology is neither extensive nor diverse. No substantial studies have been undertaken in Malaysia to support or refute such claims. This study, undertaken at a Malaysian public university, used a questionnaire to investigate students’ patterns and perceptions of ICT use for learning English. The findings revealed that even though students’ reception towards use of technology was very positive, there was a lack in diversity and sophistication. It further proposed that cultural factor is an influencing factor.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:digital natives; Information Communication Technologies (ICT); ICT use and needs; English as a Second Language (ESL); English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Journal:3L ; Journal of Language, Linguistics and Literature
ID Code:7075
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Deposited On:14 Apr 2014 09:06
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