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The Theoretical Rebuilding of Literacy in Pakistan apropos
Custom to Contemporary Technology

Nadir Ali Mugheri


Abstract

With an unchanged orientation, objectives, meaning and use, the word Literacy has stayed alive for centuries. Its explanation mainly aims for the teaching and learning of two basic skills: reading and writing and a brief knowledge of arithmetic. The overwhelming emergence and rife existence of digital tools, screen literature and digital media has significantly reshaped the concept of learning and the definition of literacy, the academicians all over the world are attempting to examine and if need be, redefine the term literacy in view of digital technology. This study was undertaken to evaluate the scope, role and influence of technology in the context of Sindh, Pakistan. The data was collected from the students of English Literature studying at four major general public sector universities in Sindh applying random sampling technique. The data was processed through descriptive and inferential statistics, and the results were drawn on the basis of achieved statistics. The results reveal that students at higher education institutes in Pakistan are fast adopting digital technology mode/form of literacy. The findings show that more than 90% students use digital media. 80% students use digital tools for research and information. Only 10% students use technology for editing and proofreading. It was also learnt from the findings that despite overwhelming use of digital form of literacy by the individual youth population in Sindh, Pakistan, there is however; a significant need for the academic and other professional institutions also to adopt this innovative, current and popularly proliferating form of literacy.

Keywords: Literacy, New Literacy, Multimodal Literacy, Digital, Reading, Writing

1. Introduction

The term literacy is usually identified as an ability to read, write and use the basic applications of arithmetic (Merriam-Webster). Literacy is a systematic way of decoding sounds, symbols of a discourse in a meaningful content (Lankshear and Knobel 2006a: 64).This definition has governed our educational systems as the preamble of literacy for many years. In view of this orientation, students have all along been exposed to the learning of reading and writing as the core skills of literacy.


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Nadir Ali Mugheri
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University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan
nadirmugheri@yahoo.com


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