ERIC Number: EJ1029708
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Powerful Devices: How Teens' Smartphones Disrupt Power in the Theatre, Classroom and Beyond
Richardson, John M.
Learning, Media and Technology, v39 n3 p368-385 2014
During a series of high school English and Drama class trips to the theatre, so many students were online, the entire back row often glowed blue. Although much of the literature suggests that information and communication technologies are benign and neutral, this back-row collision of digital and live culture signals to teachers that technology is freighted with issues of power: questions of identity formation, consumerism, autonomy and freedom. This qualitative study of high school students at the conclusion of their four-play series suggests that cell phones shape the youth audience experience, that etiquette regarding the use of these powerful devices remains sharply contested, and that students apply a range of strategies to dealing with issues of power and agency around their use.
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Adolescents, High School Students, Power Structure, Information Technology, Theater Arts, Foreign Countries, Marketing, Internet, Grade 12, Semi Structured Interviews, Focus Groups, Freedom, Student Attitudes, Social Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Grade 12
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada