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The Dagbon Digital Literacy Project

OBJECTIVES

1. To develop practical ICT skills among Sagnarigu high school students. 

2. To identify culturally sensitive factors that promotes engagement, learning, comprehension, and reduces computer anxiety.

3. Replication 


ABSTRACT

The digital education platform in northern Ghana is limited among secondary education students. Consequently, they often do not pursue careers in the digital field due to the absence of exposure to computer technology. In addition, students lack the computer skills to productively engage in and master the rigors of higher academia. As such, the overarching goal of this study is to expand digital literacy among high school students in the Northern (Dagbon) Region of Ghana and to assess their perceptions of their capabilities to use computer skills. Objectives for The Dagbon Digital Literacy Project study are: 1) to collect individual self-report data from approximately 300 senior high school students across four high schools located in the Sagnarigu Municipality- measures will assess internet skillsets, computer anxiety, academic self-efficacy, student engagement, academic motivation, and resiliency as an effort to better understand Ghanaian student responses to ICT training; 2) to collect focus group data to gauge perceptions of computer literacy from 20 student participants 17 years of age and 25 ICT Instructors; 3) to create instructional video interviews with indigenous Ghanaian university-level students and professionals who can accurately explain key ICT concepts in English and the indigenous language- Dagbani; and 4) to deliver a 16-week pilot Dagbon Digital Training Curriculum on a time series schedule to 44 student participants to equip them with practical ICT skills in preparation for entry-level work post senior examinations and fulfill tertiary-level expectations to satisfy course requirements demanding ICT usage. Descriptive and inferential statistics will be used to analyze participants’ responses.


PURPOSE OF THE STUDY

The primary goals of this study are to learn about the digital literacy needs, challenges, and hopes of high school students and ICT Instructors, and to improve core knowledge of digital technology. 

SAMPLE

The Dagbon Digital Literacy Project will attempt to collect information from 300 student participants in Phase 1. Phase 2 will involve data collection from 20 student participants, and Phase 3 will involve 44 student participants across the 4 senior high schools located in the Sagnarigu Municipality. 

BENEFITS

Student participants will have the opportunity to openly discuss their needs, challenges, opinions, ideas, and hopes for a digital literacy training program. The study may identify helpful strategies to promote digital literacy among students.

The overall benefit may demonstrate worthiness for the curriculum to be delivered in other communities, districts, and municipalities within the Dagbon (Northern) Region of Ghana. Computers and other technologies may be donated to the Sagnarigu municipality's Community ICT Center contingent upon the appointment of a responsible management team governed by the community. 

CONFIDENTIALITY

This is a confidential study because the names and ages of the participants will be linked to a code for the purposes of random selection. The codes will be connected to the identity of each participant for notification of scheduled informed consent meetings and research activities thereafter- specifically, meeting sessions to complete self-report questionnaires and focus groups. The school records will be reviewed by school personnel to provide names of potential student participants 17 years of age. Identifying data will be kept in a separate room in a separate locking file cabinet. Self-report questionnaires and focus group data will be coded only (without names or any other identifying information) and stored in a separate room in a locking file cabinet at the Watherson Dagomba Street location. Focus group sessions will likely be audio or video recorded while maintaining the identity of each participants. Results of the study may be published, but no names or identifying information will be included for publication. Participants’ identity will remain confidential unless disclosure is required by law. 

Please Note:

The intellectual property (IP) developed for the Dagbon Digital Literacy Project is owned by the Principal Investigator, Mrs. Erica Buckner-Boyd. The Dagbon Digital Literacy Project is being supervised by  the IRB.  This project is showcased as individual research conducted by the Principal Investigator and is not under the auspices of Cultural Bricolage International.

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