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The digital native as a student: implications for teacher education
Umeå University, Faculty of Teacher Education, Department of Interactive Media and Learning.
2006 (English)In: Tidskrift för lärarutbildning och forskning, ISSN 1404-7659, Vol. 13, no 1, s. 43-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article points out some features of contemporary learning models, claiming that computers and the Internet have changed the conditions of learning and communicating for young citizens - the digital natives. Firstly, it draws attention to the fact that the Internet with its hypertext seems to promote natural learning. Secondly, it describes a tremendous amount of informal learning - learning that takes place outside the educational system - which computers and the Internet seem to encourage. It acknowledges the growth of collective learning - learning that is collaborative and draws on other people's work, constantly adding to our collection of knowledge. The article also calls attention to the surfacing of human behaviour that the Internet seems to promote, making it possible to act against negative behaviour such as bullying. Finally, it portrays the openness that makes users of net communities exhibit sides of their personalities that traditionally have been hidden from strangers. In respect of changes in society and the speed of technological changes it is vital that we find a way of listening to young people's views of knowledge and learning. The article concludes that we should discuss how we may integrate contemporary learning models in our educational systems, learn from what takes place anyway and exploit it.

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Umeå: Fakultetsnämnden för lärarutbildning, Umeå universitet , 2006. Vol. 13, no 1, s. 43-56 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2530OAI: diva2:140702
Available from: 2011-03-14 Created: 2007-09-07 Last updated: 2011-03-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Bridging the distance: children’s strategies on the internet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bridging the distance: children’s strategies on the internet
2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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This thesis deals with the following questions: What do children find negative on the Internet? What counter strategies do they use? How have they developed these strategies? The method used is one-to-one online interviews and the analyses are qualitative in nature. The sample is children in grade 6 of the Swedish compulsory school, aged between 11 and 13. 104 children, 52 girls and 52 boys, from different parts of Sweden were interviewed.

The media debate seems to display consensus regarding what threats the Internet poses to young people. The conclusion of this thesis is, however, that children’s views of the Internet in many ways differ from the media related adult view. The children of this study do not express a great deal of anxiety about the negative sides of the Internet. They are aware of, and can describe many downsides but these are not present in their everyday use of the Internet. Digging deeper it turns out that many children have in fact well-developed counter strategies. However, these strategies are not conscious in the sense that the children discuss them. Instead, they seem integrated in their online environment. The counter strategies have been developed by the children alone or together with peers. In some, but remarkably few, cases adults have been giving tips or teaching the children strategies. Nevertheless, the study does not paint a picture of naïve children, unable to see actual threats, but of responsible young citizens who are aware of the threats that exist in their online setting – sometimes from personal experience – and have developed methods to avoid such threats.

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Umeå: Interaktiva medier och lärande, 2007. 50 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar i pedagogiskt arbete, ISSN 1650-8858 ; 18
Internet, net cultures, children, digital native, online threats, counter-strategies, online interviews, online ethics
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-1340 (URN)978-91-7264-371-0 (ISBN)
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2007-09-28, Hörsal G, Humanisthuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:00
Available from: 2007-09-07 Created: 2007-09-07Bibliographically approved

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