Social transformation for the 21st century: Impact of e-community centers on e-literacy in rural Malaysia

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Abstract

Transformation literacies required in the new Economy characterized by changes in social, political, economic and civic life that have come in the wake of globalisation in the 21st century, demand Malaysians to possess new literacies to help them cope with the enormous changes. New literacies include e-literacy which consists of awareness of the IT and the information environment, confidence in using generic IT and information tools and applications, evaluation of information-handling operations and products, which translates into the ability to access, understand, analyse and critique information and the capacity to produce, communicate and use knowledge from various sources for varied tasks and activities. Recognizing that IT and access to knowledge has a potent force for transforming social, economic and political life of rural Malaysia, its government had introduced telecommunication centres or e-Community centres in rural communities throughout the country since 1997. This paper1 explores the effort at measuring impact of these telecentres on the development of e-literacy in terms of IT awareness and readiness as well as e-literacy practices among rural youth in particular. Malaysia has about 4.4 million youth and 60% of them are located in the rural areas. This fact highlights the important role of rural youth in the social transformation of rural Malaysia for the 21st century.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - International Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventInternational Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim - Kuala Lumpur
Duration: 26 Aug 200829 Aug 2008

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OtherInternational Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim
CityKuala Lumpur
Period26/8/0829/8/08

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  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Social transformation for the 21st century : Impact of e-community centers on e-literacy in rural Malaysia. / Azman, Hazita; Amir, Zaini; Tg. Mohamad Maasum, Tg. Nor Rizan; Stapa, Siti Hamin; Mustafa, Jamilah; Ibrahim, Kalthum; Ahmad Zabidi, Noraza; Md. Yusof, Norwati.

Proceedings - International Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim. Vol. 4 2008. 4631986.

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Azman, H, Amir, Z, Tg. Mohamad Maasum, TNR, Stapa, SH, Mustafa, J, Ibrahim, K, Ahmad Zabidi, N & Md. Yusof, N 2008, Social transformation for the 21st century: Impact of e-community centers on e-literacy in rural Malaysia. in Proceedings - International Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim. vol. 4, 4631986, International Symposium on Information Technology 2008, ITSim, Kuala Lumpur, 26/8/08. https://doi.org/10.1109/ITSIM.2008.4631986
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