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Pre-teens' informal learning with ICT and Web 2.0

Ferguson, Rebecca; Faulkner, Dorothy; Whitelock, Denise and Sheehy, Kieron (2015). Pre-teens' informal learning with ICT and Web 2.0. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 24(2) pp. 247–265.

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Abstract

ICT and Web 2.0 have the potential to impact on learning by supporting enquiry, new literacies, collaboration and publication. Restrictions on the use of these tools within schools, primarily due to concerns about discipline and child safety, make it difficult to make full use of this potential in formal educational settings. Studies of children at different stages of schooling have highlighted a wider range of ICT use outside school, where it can be used to support informal learning. The study reported here looks beyond the broad categories of primary and secondary education and investigates the distinctive elements of pre-teens’ use of ICT to support informal learning. Nineteen children aged 10 and 11 participated in focus groups and produced visual representations of ICT and Web 2.0 resources they used to support their informal learning. Thematic analysis of this data showed that pre-teens respond to a range of age-related constraints on their use of ICT. Inside formal education, these constraints appear similar at primary and secondary levels. Out of school, regulation is more age specific, contributing to the development of tensions around use of ICT as children approach their teenage years. These tensions and constraints shape the ways in which children aged 10 to 11 engage in formal and informal learning, particularly their methods of
communication and their pressing need to develop evaluation skills.

Item Type: Article
Copyright Holders: 2014 Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education
ISSN: 1475-939X
Keywords: evaluation; informal learning; ICT; pre-teens; Web 2.0
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Studies
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Item ID: 38180
Depositing User: Dorothy Faulkner
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2013 08:33
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2017 07:02
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/38180
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