Deconstructing digital natives : young people, technology, and the new literacies
edited by Michael Thomas
New York : Routledge, c2011
xi, 216 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
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
Technology, education, and the discourse of the digital native: between evangelists and dissenters -- Digital wisdom and homo sapiens digital -- Students, the net generation, and digital natives: accounting for educational change -- Disempowering by assumping: "digital natives and the EU civic web project" -- Japanese youth and mobile media -- Analysis students ' multimodal texts: the product and the process -- Citizens navigating in literate worlds: the case of digital literacy -- Beyond Google and the "satisficing" searching of digital natives -- Actual and perceived online participation amoung young people in Sweden -- Young children, digital technology, and interaction with text -- Intellectual field or faith-based religion: moving on from the idea of "digital natives" -- Reclaiming an awkward term: what we might learn from "digital navtives"