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Computer Usage and Achievement among Adults in Rural Area Malaysia

Author(s): Abdul R. Ahmad | Norhasni Z. Abiddin | Jamaludin Badusah | Pang S. Wai

Journal: Journal of Social Sciences
ISSN 1549-3652

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Adult education | computer usage | achievement | knowledge | skills | motivation | rural area

Problem Statement: Previous study showed that most of the adults especially from rural area they are not expert and do not have any knowledge in using computer. Besides that, they cannot afford to buy a computer at home. Due to this problem, Ministry if Rural Development organized the Computer Literacy Program to increase adult’s knowledge and skills in using computer. Therefore, the purpose of this article was to study the achievement of adult learners towards Computer Literacy Program which organized by Ministry of Rural Development in Malaysia to increase quality of life among adults in rural communities. Approach: A survey was carried out in Selangor state of Malaysia. A total number of 120 adults from the program were involved; 42 male adults and 78 female adults. Results: The survey showed that the participants have higher achievement in computer usage in the Computer Literacy Programme. Conclusion: It is suggested that a comprehensive assessment should be conducted by Ministry of Rural Development in order to increase quality of life among adults in rural area. The implications of these findings showed that participants have higher achievement in the aspect of knowledge, skills and motivation in computer usage.

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