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ERIC Number: ED537513
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov-1
Pages: 115
Abstractor: ERIC
How Teens Do Research in the Digital World
Purcell, Kristen; Rainie, Lee; Heaps, Alan; Buchanan, Judy; Friedrich, Linda; Jacklin, Amanda; Chen, Clara; Zickuhr, Kathryn
Pew Internet & American Life Project
Three-quarters of Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers say that the internet and digital search tools have had a "mostly positive" impact on their students' research habits, but 87% say these technologies are creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans" and 64% say today's digital technologies "do more to distract students than to help them academically." This research was developed to understand more fully the unique opportunities and challenges facing today's middle and high school teachers in training students how to write and "do research" in a rapidly evolving digital environment. In particular, the study was designed to explore teachers' assessments of students' research and writing habits, the broad impacts of digital technologies on their students, and the extent to which teachers incorporate digital technologies into classroom pedagogy, particularly for teaching research and writing skills. This study builds on prior Pew Internet research on the growing use of search engines and mobile tools to gather information, the rise of social networks and texting, and the increasingly immersive digital world in which today's teens live. (Contains 12 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pew Internet & American Life Project
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A