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ERIC Number: EJ830877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 133
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Educational Computer Use in Leisure Contexts: A Phenomenological Study of Adolescents' Experiences at Internet Cafes
Cilesiz, Sebnem
American Educational Research Journal, v46 n1 p232-274 2009
Computer use is a widespread leisure activity for adolescents. Leisure contexts, such as Internet cafes, constitute specific social environments for computer use and may hold significant educational potential. This article reports a phenomenological study of adolescents' experiences of educational computer use at Internet cafes in Turkey. The purposes of the study were to understand and describe the phenomenon in depth and arrive at the essence of adolescents' experiences with the phenomenon. Data were collected through series of in-depth phenomenological interviews with six adolescents and analyzed using phenomenal analysis. The results include potential benefits of Internet cafes as specific social leisure contexts of educational computer use for adolescent development. Implications for designing and studying computer-based informal learning environments are presented. (Contains 1 table and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey