ERIC Number: EJ723101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 27
Holy Lemons! Learning from Children's Uses of the Internet in Out-of-School contexts
Burnett, Cathy; Wilkinson, Jeff
Literacy, v39 n3 p158-165 Nov 2005
The Internet offers new possibilities for engaging with information and is associated with a wide range of literacy practices. National guidance in the United Kingdom on "reading the web", however, has focused largely on the different skills children may need to learn in school to navigate web-based texts successfully. Here it is argued that much can be learned both about the potential of the web and of the kinds of reading associated with it by examining children's use of the Internet outside school. This article therefore begins with an overview of particular features of on-screen reading and the different practices and orientations towards knowledge associated with this. It then reports on the use of the Internet out of school by a group of Year 6 children. It explores the purposes for which these children access the Internet, the attitudes and orientations they demonstrate in their approach to web-based texts, and their own perceptions of what has enabled them to develop as Internet users. This exploration highlights the way that children may experiment and innovate in their use of the Internet out of school, and in doing so demonstrate considerable autonomy. These findings are used to make suggestions for framing and supporting children's Internet use in school.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Information Technology, Student Attitudes, Users (Information)
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom