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ERIC Number: EJ759759
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
Adults' Use of Computers and the Internet for Self-Education
Selwyn, Neil; Gorard, Stephen; Furlong, John
Studies in the Education of Adults, v38 n2 p141-159 Aut 2006
This paper explores the varied use of information technologies (ITs) such as the computer and Internet for self-education, highlighting how these technologies can facilitate and suppress such learning opportunities throughout the adult population. Based on data drawn from a large-scale study of adults in the West of England and South Wales, the paper addresses three areas of inquiry: (i) how computers and the Internet are used in adults' engagement with self-education; (ii) why adults engage (or do not engage) in IT-based self-education; and (iii) the social stratification of adults' engagement in IT-based self-education. The paper concludes that although computers and the Internet are, indeed, being used by some adults for self-education (often in extensive and elaborate ways), they appear to be reinforcing rather than activating processes of self-education, allowing people to continue with pre-existing and pre-set patterns of informal learning which generally replicate and reinforce patterns of "offline" self-education. (Contains 5 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)