ATTITUDE OF M.Ed. STUDENTS TOWARDS THE USE OF CYBER RESOURCES: A NORMATIVE PERSPECTIVE By Dr. Shazli Hasan Khan

Abstract

Tremendous changes are taking place throughout the world in every sphere of life and education system is not left behind unaffected from that changing pace of technology. Similarly the teacher educaiton system too cannot remain immune to these global changes. Information and Communication Technology has severely impacted upon the way the teaching and learning is being done in the classrooms of twenty first century. Digital learning has opened the doors of a new classroom and has made knowledge and information accessible even for those who are sitting at home. Today easy access and availability of e-resources in different institutions has brought radical changes in the process of teaching, learning and research. The internet and other cyber resources are constantly influencing the development of new modes of scholarly communication. This important fact is also changing the face of our libraries and they are moving towards the digital e-resources. Now, everything from latest journals, magazines, books, newspapers to other forms of print material are available online. The students are now able to do any type of courses and degrees, as they can easily access and get admission into the course of their choice. They are also able to search and have access to sites related to their jobs of their interest. Thus, cyber and e-resources have played a crucial role in the advancement of the career of the students, teachers, teacher educators and research scholars. In the present investigation, an attempt has been made to analyse and asses the attitude of M.Ed. course work students towards the usage of cyber resources. A sample of two hundred students of master of education course work from ten different degree colleges in Aligarh city are taken and administered a self-prepared questionnaire so as to measure and asses the attitude of students towards the use of cyber resources. The findings of the study indicate that out of the total sample, most of the students are having a favourable and positive attitude towards the use of cyber resources. The investigator further found, that there is no significant difference between male and female, rural and urban, and between students belonging to arts, science and social science subject areas. Thus, it is observed, finally, that there is no influence of gender, locality and type of subject area on the attitude of M.Ed. students towards the use of cyber resources. The present study could also be extended to other degree students of B.Ed. and other classes of various fields and subjects, taking into account other demographic variables such as the socioeconomic status of students, the type of institution and intelligence of students. Thus, the author concluded that if in an ethical and proper way the facilities of cyber resources are provided and utilised by the students, teachers and researchers, then it would significantly improve their classroom achievement and enhance and brighten their future career prospects.