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The Uses of (Digital) Literacy.

McDougall, J., Readman, M. and Wilkinson, P., 2018. The Uses of (Digital) Literacy. Learning, Media and Technology, 43 (3), 263-279.

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DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2018.1462206


This article shares research facilitated by a multinational technology provider, converging mobile networked technology (tablets) used across school and home, a technology enhanced community ‘third space’ providing workshops for students aged 6-9 with their parents / carers. The approach taken avoids the instrumental measurement of functional digital literacy competences, but instead seeks to negotiate, with participants and the various stakeholders, a more nuanced and complex understanding of the ‘uses of literacy’ (from Hoggart, 1957) in digital contexts and in a deeply situated, specific local setting. Working with our findings, we later put Amartya Sen’s concept of capability (2005, 2008) to work on our data in order to provide a discussion on how the digital literacy community might distinguish digital competences as functionings from the ‘uses’ of such competences for a broader range of capabilities. Findings demonstrate initial successes in using networked mobile technology in bridging the school-family-community triad as a third space. However, the outcomes reveal the complexity and specificity of factors which restrict the potential for mobile technology in education to lead on to further reaching capabilities – delimiting the uses of digital literacy.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Technology; Digital Literacy; Third Space; Community;
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30534
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:05 Apr 2018 14:43
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:10


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