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Measuring ICT Usage among West Coast Fishermen: Pre-Test Results from Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan

Hayrol Azril Mohamed Shaffril1, Siti Zobidah Omar2, Musa Abu Hassan3, Jusang Bolong2 and Jeffrey Lawrence D’Silva1
  • 1 Laboratory of Sustainable Development and Agriculture Extension, Institute for Social Science Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Putra Infoport, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
  • 2 Department of Communication, Faculty of Modern Language and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 3 Faculty of Leadership and Management, University of Science and Islamic Malaysia, Malaysia

Abstract

Problem statement: The government has admitted the effectiveness of ICT in bringing changes to the socio-economic aspects of the community. Groups such as farmers, entrepreneurs, rural community and housewives for examples have been proven by a number of past studies to profit the huge advantages offered by ICT. Nonetheless, there is inadequacy in term of study related to ICT usage among one of the important groups in Malaysia; the fishermen. Before doing a study related to ICT usage among fishermen, a reliable instrument is needed, hence the main purpose of this study is to discuss the reliability and validity of an instrument developed for measuring ICT usage among the fishermen. Approach: This is a quantitative study; the pre-test process took place at Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, where a total of 30 registered fishermen were randomly chosen as the respondents. Results: Reliability analysis run has generated cronbach alpha value ranging from 0.714-0.970 thus reflect the instrument has a good strength in term of reliability. Conclusion/Recommendations: A number of recommendations have been highlighted which involves trainings to enumerator and a number of modifications on the instrument.

American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Volume 7 No. 1, 2012, 21-27

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajabssp.2012.21.27

Submitted On: 14 December 2011 Published On: 5 January 2012

How to Cite: Shaffril, H. A. M., Omar, S. Z., Hassan, M. A., Bolong, J. & D’Silva, J. L. (2012). Measuring ICT Usage among West Coast Fishermen: Pre-Test Results from Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences, 7(1), 21-27. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajabssp.2012.21.27

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Keywords

  • ICT
  • fishermen
  • community development
  • pre test
  • instrument