Reading, reading, reading…

I am still making progress towards developing a question for my research project. As an inexperienced researcher, I am following the informed advice of my tutors (who are incredibly helpful) in reading widely surrounding my area of interest.

Finding published work surrounding the use of Twitter in education is proving difficult – especially with a focus on primary education. I have been sent a few links via Twitter (*note to self – great way of gathering information) and am making my way through the linked papers.

In light of this, I am searching for publications, journal articles and books that sort to discuss the impact ‘digital literacies’ can have in the field of education. ‘Digital literacies’ is a term that is bringing up a whole range of differing opinions, and there is much argument surrounding the term ‘literacy’. Merchant (2007) discusses the differing opinions of many writers into which aspects of traditional literacy we should still value, and portrays the dissonance amongst government publications and the needs of 21st Century ‘digital natives’ (Prensky, 2001).

Whilst there are opinions that print based texts should initiate the learning processes involved with writing, I have begun thinking about the place of this in an increasingly technological society, in which, children are utilising new media from an incredibly early age. If 4 year olds are accessing iPhones and downloading music without any adult intervention (Prensky, 2009), then surely the reading and writing process has begun even before schooling starts? Although within this I realise and take into account that there may not be any formal transcription involved in accessing music downloads. Hmm…contradicted myself there?

Also the ‘hole in the wall’ research could come in useful here – children in rural India were exposed to a computer in the village for the first time – within a short amount of time the children had taught themselves a few words of English and were searching and browsing the internet. (*Needs more consideration in a writing context).

Oh well, should probably read more to clarify the ideas!

Right, back to the reading…

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