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The 'obvious' stuff: Exploring the mundane realities of students' digital technology use in school

Selwyn, N; Nemorin, S; Bulfin, S; Johnson, NF; (2020) The 'obvious' stuff: Exploring the mundane realities of students' digital technology use in school. Digital Education Review (37) pp. 1-14. 10.1344/DER.2020.37.1-14. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores the ways in which students perceive digital technology as being helpful and/or useful to their schooling. Drawing upon survey data from students (n=1174) across three Australian high schools, the paper highlights seventeen distinct digital 'benefits' in domains such as information seeking, writing and composition, accessing prescribed work, scheduling and managing study tasks. While these data confirm the centrality of such technologies to students' experiences of school, they also suggest that digital technology is not substantially changing or 'transforming' the nature of schools and schooling per se. Instead, students were most likely to associate digital technologies with managing the logistics of individual study and engaging with school work in distinctly teacher-led linear and passive ways. As such, it is concluded that educationalists need to temper enthusiasms for what might be achieved through digital technologies, and instead develop better understandings of the realities of students' instrumentally-driven uses of digital technology.

Type: Article
Title: The 'obvious' stuff: Exploring the mundane realities of students' digital technology use in school
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1344/DER.2020.37.1-14
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1344/der.2020.37.1-14
Language: English
Additional information: © Digital Education. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of a Creative Commons license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/deed.es_CO).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10107023
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