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ERIC Number: ED529424
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-4
Pages: 220
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-4158-8993-3
Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology, and the New Literacies
Thomas, Michael, Ed.
Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
There have been many attempts to define the generation of students who emerged with the Web and new digital technologies in the early 1990s. The term "digital native" refers to the generation born after 1980, which has grown up in a world where digital technologies and the internet are a normal part of everyday life. Young people belonging to this generation are therefore supposed to be "native" to the digital lifestyle, always connected to the internet and comfortable with a range of cutting-edge technologies. "Deconstructing Digital Natives" offers the most balanced, research-based view of this group to date. Existing studies of digital natives lack application to specific disciplines or conditions, ignoring the differences of educational fields and gender. How, and how much, are learners changing in the digital age? How can a more pluralistic understanding of these learners be developed? Contributors to this volume produce an international overview of developments in digital literacy among today's young learners, offering innovative ways to steer a productive path between traditional narratives that offer only complete acceptance or total dismissal of digital natives. Contents of this book include: (1) Technology, Education and the Discourse of the Digital Native: Between Evangelists and Dissenters (Michael Thomas); (2) Digital Wisdom and Homo Sapiens Digital: From Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives to the Digitally Wise (Marc Prensky); (3) Students, the Net Generation and Digital Natives: Accounting for Educational Change (Chris Jones); (4) Disempowering by Assumption: Digital Natives and EU Civic Web Project (Shakuntala Banaji); (5)Japanese Youth and Mobile Media (Toshie Takahashi); (6) Analysing Students' Multimodal Texts: The Product and the Process (Mike Levy); (7) Citizens Navigating in Literate Worlds: The Case of Digital Literacy (Ola Erstad); (8) Beyond Google and the "Satisficing" Searching of Digital Natives (Gregor E. Kennedy & Terry S. Judd); (9) Actual and Perceived Online Participation among Young people in Sweden (Sheila Zimic & Rolf Dalin); (10) Young Children, Digital Technology and Interaction with Text (Rachael Levy); (11) Intellectual Field or Faith-based Religion: Moving on From the Idea of "Digital Natives," (Sue Bennett); and (12) Reclaiming an Awkward Term: What We Might Learn from "Digital Natives," (John Palfrey & Urs Gasser). [Foreword by David Buckingham.]
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Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: European Union; Japan; Sweden