Digital technology in- and out-of-school : a comparative study of the nature and levels of student use and engagement(2010)
Today information technologies are everywhere. Digital technologies are seen globally as essential to a country’s economic success. A major consequence of the advent of the technological age is that young people today live in a „techno culture‟. Some argue, however, that since education moves slowly, the adoption of technology in schools has not been at the same progressive rate as in the wider community. They go further and hold that there is a difference between the technology experience of young people in school and in their everyday lives. The focus of the study, of which this provides a brief summary, is specifically on comparing students‟ experiences of digital technology use in- and out-of-school within Australia, and on exploring whether the nature of these experiences act as significant predictors of students‟ school engagement. Three questions were addressed in the study: (i) How does students‟ use of digital technology in school compare to students‟ use of digital technology out-of-school? (ii) What are the associations between selected factors and student use of digital technology in- and out-of-school? and (iii) Do the levels of students‟ technology use in- and out-of-school correlate with levels of student engagement? The final outcome of this study has been to present the implications for future research, policy and practice which will help educators to better align students‟ in- and out-of-school experiences, and thus to capitalize on students‟ motivation and interest in using digital technologies.
- Effective teaching,
- Data processing,
Field of studyEducation
DepartmentGraduate School of Education
Citation InformationAnne-Marie Chase. "Digital technology in- and out-of-school : a comparative study of the nature and levels of student use and engagement" (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/anne-marie-chase/3/