Development and validation of an instrument for measuring digital empowerment of primary school students

Siu Cheung KONG, Yiqing Pinko WANG, Ming LAI

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Abstract

It is essential to enhance young learners' digital competency skills in the hope of empowering them in the digital world. Although past studies have examined measurements of university learners' digital empowerment, the literature has lacked discussion of digital empowerment in the primary school context. This study aims to develop and validate an instrument on digital empowerment of primary school students. The sample consists of 328 local primary school students from grades 4 to 6. Exploratory factor analysis showed a multi-dimensional structure of digital empowerment composed of (1) meaningfulness, (2) impact, (3) creativity belief, and (4) competence belief. Confirmatory factor analysis further confirmed the validity and reliability of digital empowerment as a multi-dimensional construct. This digital empowerment scale can serve as a tool to evaluate young learners' perceived competence when using digital technologies from the technological world in the primary school context. Copyright © 2019 by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompEd '19: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Global Computing Education
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages172-177
ISBN (Print)9781450362597
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Citation

Kong, S.-C., Wang, Y.-Q., & Lai, M. (2019). Development and validation of an instrument for measuring digital empowerment of primary school students. In CompEd '19: Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Global Computing Education (pp. 172-177). New York: ACM.

Keywords

  • Digital competency
  • Digital empowerment
  • Primary school students
  • Scale development
  • Scale validation