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Digital literacies in higher education: exploring textual and technological practice

Lea, Mary R. and Jones, Sylvia (2011). Digital literacies in higher education: exploring textual and technological practice. Studies in Higher Education, 36(4) pp. 377–393.

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Concerns are frequently raised about undergraduates being so immersed in web-based technologies in their broader lives that they have difficulties engaging in more conventional study practices, such as academic reading and writing essays. The research reported on here examines this issue through a literacies lens.The project findings illustrate the complex interrelationship between literacies and technologies with the potential to disrupt traditional academic literacy practices. However, they also offer strong evidence for students’ ongoing reliance on the authority of the institution when it comes to accessing and utilizing web-based resources for their assignments. The authors suggest that in order to understand the changes that are taking place for learners in today’s higher education more attention needs to be paid to textual practice around learning and less upon the technologies and their applications.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Society for Research into Higher Education
ISSN: 0307-5079
Keywords: literacies; technologies; reading practices; texts; institutional context
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 21165
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 14:16
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2018 10:05
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