New media pathways : navigating the links between home, school and the workplace

Nixon, Helen, Atkinson, Stephen, & Beavis, Catherine (2006) New media pathways : navigating the links between home, school and the workplace. In Tan Wee Hin, Leo & Subramaniam , R (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Literacy in Technology at the K-12 Level. Idea Group Publishing, Hershey USA, pp. 118-136.

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The terms ‘literacy’ and ‘technology’ remain highly contentious within the field of education. What is meant by ‘literacy’ and the methods used to measure it vary quite markedly in educational and historical contexts across the world. Similarly, while there is a shared concern to research the potential impact of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) on patterns of teaching and learning, there are major discrepancies about which aspects and uses of these technologies should be incorporated into formal learning environments and how this can be accomplished. While government policy makers tend to regard ICTs in relation to ideas of ‘smartness’, efficiency, and the ‘knowledge’ (or ‘new’) economy, educators and educational researchers promote them as offering new tools for learning and critical thinking and the development of new literacies and socio-cultural identities. This clearly has ramifications for the ways literacy is taught and conceptualised throughout the years of schooling, K-12. Outside school, meanwhile, students engage with ICTs on another level entirely, as tools for the maintenance of social networks, for leisure, and for learning and participating in the cultures of their peers. Whatever the differences in perspective, it remains the case that a society’s dominant understandings about literacy and technology will have significant implications for the development of school curriculum.

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ID Code: 41225
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: secondary school multimedia, secondary curriculum, informal learning, literacy and ICT, information and communication technologies
ISBN: 1591404940
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2011 00:38
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2012 15:08

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