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Digital natives

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  • The term “digital native” was popularized by Prensky (2001) as a means of distinguishing young people who are highly technologically literate and engaged. His central claim was that because of immersion in digital technologies from birth, younger people think and learn differently than older generations. Tapscott (1998) had proposed a similar idea, calling it “The Net Generation,” and there have been numerous labels applied to the same supposed phenomena since. Recent research has revealed that the term is misapplied when used to generalize about an entire generation, and instead indicates that only a small sub-set of the population fits this characterization. This research shows significant diversity in the technology skills, knowledge, and interests of young people, and suggests that there are important “digital divides,” which are ignored by the digital native concept. This chapter synthesizes key findings from Europe, North America, and Australia and predicts future directions for research in this area.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Bennett, S. (2012). Digital natives. In Z. Yan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior: Volume 1 (pp. 212-219). United States: IGI Global.

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  • 2-s2.0-84892424622

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2364&context=edupapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/1049

Book Title


  • Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior: Volume 1

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 212

End Page


  • 219

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The term “digital native” was popularized by Prensky (2001) as a means of distinguishing young people who are highly technologically literate and engaged. His central claim was that because of immersion in digital technologies from birth, younger people think and learn differently than older generations. Tapscott (1998) had proposed a similar idea, calling it “The Net Generation,” and there have been numerous labels applied to the same supposed phenomena since. Recent research has revealed that the term is misapplied when used to generalize about an entire generation, and instead indicates that only a small sub-set of the population fits this characterization. This research shows significant diversity in the technology skills, knowledge, and interests of young people, and suggests that there are important “digital divides,” which are ignored by the digital native concept. This chapter synthesizes key findings from Europe, North America, and Australia and predicts future directions for research in this area.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Bennett, S. (2012). Digital natives. In Z. Yan (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior: Volume 1 (pp. 212-219). United States: IGI Global.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84892424622

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2364&context=edupapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/1049

Book Title


  • Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior: Volume 1

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 212

End Page


  • 219

Place Of Publication


  • United States