The digital native as a student: implications for teacher education
2006 (English)In: Tidskrift för lärarutbildning och forskning, ISSN 1404-7659, Vol. 13, no 1, s. 43-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-2530OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-2530DiVA: diva2:140702