ERIC Number: ED461040
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Learning, Identity and Citizenship: Researching Older People's Use of ICT in Scotland.
Crossan, Beth; Martin, Ian; Whittaker, Susan
Information and communication technology (ICT) within the lifelong learning agenda has the potential to maintain or activate citizenship, in both social and political terms, among older people in a Scottish context. Within recent government documents at both the United Kingdom and the Scottish level, the aims of the two major traditions of citizenship in Western political thought--the liberal tradition and the civic republican tradition--are linked with the use of ICT. The goal in Scotland is to increase access to the Internet. However, although many ICT-based initiatives have been funded, almost all have been targeted at youth or the unemployed. Older people have been marginal to policies for technological development. Reasons for less ICT use among older age groups are lack of access, feeling that ICT is not relevant or useful to them, and feeling they are too old to start using ICT. ICT use is growing due to older people's perception of ICT as a tool to maintain or extend social networks. The concept of communities of practice and the process of legitimate peripheral participation is proposed as a way to form an interesting position from which to examine older people's use of ICT as a potential tool for maintaining or activating citizenship. (Appendixes include 24 references and a diagram summarizing a future research approach.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Community Involvement, Developed Nations, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Internet, Lifelong Learning, Older Adults, Public Policy, Self Concept, Telecommunications
For full text: http://www.ulusofona.pt/inst/eventos/esrea/ papers/beth crossan susan whittaker.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)