Development and Validation of a Farmer’s Focused Digital Literacy Scale: A New Measurement Tool


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  • Saurabh Chandra Department of Extension Education ,I.A.S.,B.H.U.
  • Kalyan Ghadei Professor & Head, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,
  • M. Chennamadhava Research Scholar, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,
  • Waris Ali Research Scholar, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,

https://doi.org/10.48165/IJEE.2024.601RT1

Abstract

The research aimed to develop a tool for assessing the digital literacy of farmers towards ICT-led agriculture in India. The study identified three dimensions namely digital knowledge, attitude, and digital competency, for a farmer-focused digital literacy scale. Digital competency consisted of seven sub-dimensions viz device setup, digital communication and collaboration, digital content creation and sharing, digital safety, problem-solving, digital marketing, and digital payment. The digital literacy scale was developed with Likert scale construction methodology. An overall mean relevancy score of 5.693 was obtained. A pilot study was conducted with 60 farmers in a non-sampled area. The t-value was calculated, and the cutoff value for item selection was set at ≥ 1.75. For assessing internal consistency reliability using the Spearman-Brown formula, a reliability coefficient of 0.850 was found. The calculation of Cronbach's alpha gave a value of 0.743, indicating that the scale shows a high level of consistency in its measurement. The standard farmers-focused digital literacy scale comprised of 30-items and its content validity was determined with expert opinions.

Author Biographies

  • Kalyan Ghadei, Professor & Head, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,

    Professor & Head, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,

  • M. Chennamadhava, Research Scholar, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,

    Research Scholar, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,

  • Waris Ali, Research Scholar, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005,

    Research Scholar, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU, Varanasi-221005

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25.09.2023

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06.04.2024

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Development and Validation of a Farmer’s Focused Digital Literacy Scale: A New Measurement Tool. (2024). Indian Journal of Extension Education, 60(1), 111-115. https://doi.org/10.48165/IJEE.2024.601RT1
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