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ERIC Number: EJ899081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1042-1629
The Digital Literacy Debate: An Investigation of Digital Propensity and Information and Communication Technology
Nasah, Angelique; DaCosta, Boaventura; Kinsell, Carolyn; Seok, Soonhwa
Educational Technology Research and Development, v58 n5 p531-555 Oct 2010
Research suggests students' use of information and communication technology (ICT) may be more a matter of digital literacy and access rather than a generational trait. We sought to identify ICT preferences of post-secondary students (N = 580) through a Digital Propensity Index (DPI), investigating communication methods, Internet practices and the creation of online content. Age, gender and socioeconomic status were examined as factors which might explain why students use ICT. Results suggest age is a factor in ICT use but that it is not the most important consideration; the gender gap and gaps between socioeconomic groups in terms of ICT use may be closing. The findings raise a variety of implications for institutions training pre-service teachers, curriculum developers designing instructional materials and educational leaders developing ICT policy for schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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