Attitudes of Jordanian Badia Students towards the Use of Globalization Technologies

By Al-Ahmad, Nidal; Al-Saleem, Bashar A. et al. | International Journal of Education, January 1, 2013 | Go to article overview

Attitudes of Jordanian Badia Students towards the Use of Globalization Technologies


Al-Ahmad, Nidal, Al-Saleem, Bashar A., Al-Ali, Yousra, International Journal of Education


Abstract

The study aimed at exploring the different trends associated with the use of globalization technologies by students coming from Badia region. The study also looks at the impact of gender, the academic stage and the income of the family. A sample of 244 students, gathering both males and females, was selected randomly and a questionnaire, consisting of 38 sections, was developed to measure these trends. The questionnaire was credible and reliable enough for the purposes of this study. The findings of the study revealed that students had a positive attitude towards the globalization technologies and there were statistically significant differences at the level of a= 0.5 in favor of gender and particularly females, while there were no statistically significant differences at the level of a=0.5 that can be attributed to the academic stage and the income of the family. The findings also presented a host of recommendations, most importantly: encouraging students from Badia region to use globalization technologies and utilizing them for electronic education as well as conducting additional studies in this field to tackle other variables.

Keywords: attitudes; Badia students; information and communication technology

1. Introduction

The "information's revolution" is perceived as an important cultural revolution, changing everything that we think of as well our perceptions. In addition, it has changed the nature of information and the role of education, as a lot of the facts that were discovered long time ago have lost their significance as opposed to this era's scientific and industrial achievements. It is important for us, in this digital world, to not only focus on knowledge, but also tackle the making of knowledge and the ability to use it. In other words, citizens should possess effective mental skills in the future such as the ability to examine information, make the necessary links and process it as well.

The advent of globalization technologies and the information's revolution has created a new reality that is self-evident in our contemporary times. One of the most important manifestations of this reality is the fact that advanced countries monopolize these technologies, leading to an imbalanced flow of technology among the different parts of the world. As a result, this has allowed the western media outlets and culture to invade the communities of the developing world and threaten its identity and culture, making the preservation of the Arab identity a top priority (Ridha, 2007).

The globalization technologies, a vital issue in a globalized world and open spaces, are constantly developing with an impact that is growing stronger every day. This technical advancement was coupled with a series of rapid and consecutive changes affecting the Arab societies in the recent years in different cultural, intellectual and social fields. The youth segment is exposed to these changes and social and cultural transformations more than other societal segments, given their social status and the fact that they are in a transitional period, whereby they are prone to change their intellectual and social status through acquiring science and knowledge from all available sources. The youth are not only exposed to change more than others, but they also constitute one of the most important factors for cultural and social change, as they carry visions and perceptions that counter, in some cases, what their predecessors, living in completely different circumstances and with different technologies, have. Their beliefs may also be different from what others will hold in the future (Abdulltif, 2008).

The globalization technologies, which have turned the world into a global village, have increased the need to exchange expertise with others and the need, borne by people engaged in a learning process, to explore different environments where resources for self-search and self-development are in abundance. Thus, a lot of new techniques and methods of learning and teaching have emerged including the electronic education. …

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