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Paper versus screen: assessment of basic literacy skill of indigenous people

Osman, M. J. and Idris, N. H. and Idris, N. H. and Ishak, M. H. I. (2017) Paper versus screen: assessment of basic literacy skill of indigenous people. Advanced Science Letters, 23 (9). pp. 8752-8757. ISSN 1936-6612

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Abstract

The adoption and use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offers new ways to improve the access, equity and quality of education globally. Mobile technologies have significant potential to support teaching and learning processes as well as improve the literacy of citizens, even among indigenous and underprivileged populations. Therefore, this paper assesses the level of literacy (read and write) of the indigenous community in Royal Belum State Park, Perak using structured observation on four levels of literacy tests. Comparison analyses were conducted to assess the level of reading and writing on both paper and mobile platforms. This study found that most respondents have a sufficient foundation in basic literacy (reading and writing simple texts). Their response time to read texts on a smartphone was faster compared to paper-based text. However, the response time to copy a text on a smartphone was longer than the response time when performing a writing test on the paper-based version. This study suggests a positive sign of literacy improvement of indigenous people, particularly in Royal Belum area on a traditional paper based version, despite a low level of digital literacy that requires further attention to be addressed by stakeholders.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Basic literacy, Indigenous people, Mobile learning, Orang asli, Reading and writing
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions:Geoinformation and Real Estate
ID Code:75198
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:27 Mar 2018 14:00
Last Modified:27 Mar 2018 14:00

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