Are Malaysian undergraduates 'digital natives' in the true sense of the word? A quantitative analysis

Siew Ming Thang, Mohd Jaafar Nurjanah, Radha M.K. Nambiar, Zaini Amir, Fook Fei Wong

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-191
Number of pages15
Journal3L: Language, Linguistics, Literature
Volume20
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Digital natives
  • English as a second language (ESL)
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • ICT use and needs
  • Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Linguistics and Language

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