A new environment for education? The computer in the home

RJ Sutherland, KL Facer, VJ Furlong, R Furlong

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Abstract

This paper derives from an interdisciplinary research project which is studying the engagement of young people with different aspects of techno-popular culture. The focus is on the young person and the significance of digital technologies in their lives as a whole. Drawing on cultural studies research we are investigating the ways in which the contexts for computer use are structured by the different discourses present within the family, and the ways in which these discourses may provide a framing context for children's interactions with digital technology. Drawing on socio-cultural research we take the view that learning is learning to do something with a cultural or cognitive tool. Our analysis of data from case studies of 16 families shows that the context of home computer use amongst young people is far from a simple and uniform phenomenon and is structured by the different discourses present within the family. What young people learn through interaction with computers is thus as much framed by the context of use as by the affordance of the technology.
Translated title of the contributionA new environment for education? The computer in the home
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195 - 212
Number of pages18
JournalComputers and Education
Volume34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000

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Publisher: Elsevier Science Ltd

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