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ERIC Number: EJ866027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
Drawing Digital Pictures: An Investigation of Primary Pupils' Representations of ICT and Schools
Selwyn, Neil; Boraschi, Daniela; Ozkula, Suay Melisa
British Educational Research Journal, v35 n6 p909-928 Dec 2009
The relatively restricted nature of children's use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) inside the school setting has long been noted by researchers. With this in mind, this article offers a grounded analysis of drawings collected from 355 primary pupils (years three to six) from five English primary schools depicting desired future forms of school ICT provision. The article contends that the nature and content of these "future" orientated pictures reflect many of the tensions underlying children's "current" engagements with ICTs in school. Specifically the article discusses how the drawings offer valuable insights into the issues underlying pupils' understandings of ICT and schools, not least: the restrictions of the school as organisation; the oppositional relationship between the "work" of learning in school and the "play" of using digital media at home; the unequal power relations that exist between pupils, schools and teachers. The article concludes that rather than accede to demands for free and unfettered use of game consoles and portable devices in the classroom, schools should instead concentrate on fostering informed dialogues with young people about the potential educational benefits of school ICT use. (Contains 1 table and 14 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)