This book examines the presence and effects of new technologies in the lives of young people. The rapid pace of change in the development and use of digital technologies, and the likely impact this has on youth, means that the topic has wide implications for educational institutions, theory and practice. There is a demand for a concentration on the ways in which new devices such as smart phones and tablets, as well as new platforms and recent notions such as the ‘flipped classroom’, are affecting the way education is being provided. However, there is also still a small minority who do not have full access to the internet, and the disadvantages suffered by this group must also be addressed.
The internet offers a vast range of opportunities for young people, and yet for various reasons it is not always available. This can partly be attributed to the controls that schools impose on the use of digital technology, for reasons of safety and security, and can in part be explained by the fact that policy makers have contradictory attitudes to technology. While they may argue for the need to have a well-educated and well-trained workforce, they fear the threats to privacy and safety posed by the internet. This book asserts that society needs to have more open debate about the threats and opportunities of digital technology as it is a dynamic and ever-changing topic for us all.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Oxford Review of Education.
1. Introduction: Digital technologies in the lives of young people John Coleman 2. Critical reflections on the benefits of ICT in education Sonia Livingstone 3. The learning lives of digital youth—beyond the formal and informal Ola Erstad 4. Young people, new technologies and learning at home: taking context seriously John Furlong and Chris Davies 5. The ‘digital native’ in context: tensions associated with importing Web 2.0 practices into the school setting Charles Crook 6. Making sense of young people, education and digital technology: the role of sociological theory Neil Selwyn 7. Taking the 21st century seriously: young people, education and socio-technical futures Keri Facer