The ‘Digital Natives’ Debate; A Critical Review of the Evidence

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1. Define term 'Digital native

1.1. Born between 1980-1994

1.1.1. Sophisticated technical skills

1.1.1.1. Dependant on Communications technologies for Accessing information and Interacting with others

1.1.1.2. Also known as the ‘Net generation

1.2. New generation of students Entering education system.

1.2.1. Immersed in technology all their lives.

1.2.1.1. They have particular learning preferences or styles that differ From earlier generations of students.

1.2.1.2. processing visual and dynamic information and learning through game-based activities.

1.2.1.3. learning at high speed

1.2.1.4. multitasking

2. Digital Natives ‘ think and process information fundamentally differently from their predecessors

2.1. Multitasking

3. This paper presents and questions the main claims made about ‘Digital Natives’

3.1. New node

3.2. node

4. The Authors argue that rather than being empirically and theoretically informed , The debate can be likened to an academic form of a ‘moral panic’.

4.1. Results do show high levels of some academic and recreational activities, and their associated skills. Only a minority were engaged in creating their own content and multimedia for the web.

4.1.1. New node

4.2. A significant had lower level skills than might be expected of digital natives

4.2.1. They propose that a more measured and disinterested approach is now required to investigate ’Digital Natives’ and their implications for education.

5. Education Commentators

6. Authors; Sue Bennett Karl Maton Lisa Kervin

7. research has identified differences related to socio-economic status, cultural/ethnic background, gender and discipline specialization

7.1. No evidence that multitasking is a new phenomenon

7.1.1. cognitive ‘overload’ as the brain shifts between competing stimuli.

8. Arguments for fundamental changes in education

8.1. must change in response to a new generation of technically adept young people.

8.2. Educational institutions at all levels are rapidly becoming outdated and irrelevant

8.3. risk failing a generation of students and our institutions face imminent obsolescence.

8.4. make schools relevant and effective places to learn’

9. Are these new students as ‘net savvy as they might have assumed ????

9.1. Many of their arguments currently lack support

9.2. without critical rational discussion ,little progress can be made towards a genuine debate

9.3. By using notions such as ‘ moral panic’ in society . It portrays that a certain group in society is under threat

9.4. Research is beginning to expose arguments about digital natives to critical enquiry-such understanding

10. CONCLUSION

10.1. The time has come for a considered and disinterested examination of the assumptions underpinning claims about digital natives.

10.2. to understand the situation before proclaiming the need for widespread change.