Digital Skills and Literacy among Prospective Teachers of Sukkur Pakistan: A Conceptual Framework
AbstractThe importance of information and communication technologies in the teaching and learning process has been highlighted several times in different studies worldwide. Digital literacy is a serious concern to prospective teachers because they are the main source for students to learn about digital tools and technologies to compete with others and it is only possible when teachers are digitally literate and eager to accept this as a need for 21st-century education. According to National Education Policy 2017 (the main pillars of ICT policy are the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) to strengthen the quality of teaching and enhance student learning and develop complementary approaches to ICT in education) and in light of 4th goal (Quality Education) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is significant for the integration of ICT in teaching and learning process in Pakistan. Whereas, the objective and proposed hypothesis of this study are to assess whether the teachers are digitally literate or interested to accept this digital transformation in education. In the context of methodology, for assessing the digital literacy among the student-teachers the data will be collected through a quantitative research approach from approximately 200 students of the Education department at Sukkur IBA University. Whereas, the gathered data will be analyzed by using the SPSS software by using Mann-Whitney-U Test and Independent Sample T-Test. The expected outcome of this research will be helpful to ensure the quality education and integration of ICT in teaching and learning processes for the betterment of the Educational system in Sindh, Pakistan because our educational system is so backward in technology. In conclusion, this study will enhance the knowledge and technological skills of prospective teachers through ICT integration. It will also increase the interest of prospective teachers in digital literacy through ICT based training
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