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ERIC Number: EJ1062071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2357
How Digital Native Learners Describe Themselves
Thompson, Penny
Education and Information Technologies, v20 n3 p467-484 Sep 2015
Eight university students from the "digital native" generation were interviewed about the connections they saw between technology use and learning, and also their reactions to the popular press claims about their generation. Themes that emerged from the interviews were coded to show patterns in how digital natives describe themselves. Participants in this study agreed with some of the claims on a surface level but also described a deliberate and strategic approach to managing the distractions of technology in order to pursue their educational goals. This qualitative view of digital native students, as expressed in their own words, adds detail and additional nuance to the growing body of quantitative data that challenges the popular conception of the digital natives as a homogeneous generation with a common learning style.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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