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ICT as a tool for learning or amusement among 13 years old Swedish children
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, School Based Research, Other School Based Research.
2010 (English)In: Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) Congress 2010, Malmö University, 11-13 Mars 2010, 2010Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Research topic/aim: The aim with this study is to give an empirical understanding of 13 years old Swedish pupils attitudes and user patterns of ICT during school and every day life. The findings will also be discussed in relation to the lack of national ICT strategies for the educational system in Sweden.

Theoretical framework: The children we meet in school today belong to the so called digital generation. In the concept “digital generation” lies a lot of theoretical  assumptions, but few empirical facts. The idea of a homogeneous cohort with specific demands on the educational system has been questioned and empirical understanding of children and youth’s use of and attitudes to ICT has been asked for. Sweden constitute an interesting research context in this area. National and international reports has drawn attention to Sweden as a highly developed ICT culture. On the other hand there is a lack in Swedish national ICT strategies for the educational system. ICT strategies and the use of ICT as a tool for learning and education becomes a local concern. There has also been reported a critical attitude to ICT as a tool for learning and education among Swedish teachers. But a lack of national strategies and guidelines, or supportive teachers, does not restrain children from using ICT. With a high penetration of computers and access to the Internet in the Swedish households, a majority of the Swedish children have opportunities to develop their own skills and attitudes to ICT irrespective from educational goals and teachers guiding. This context opens for differentiated user patterns and skills among the young Swedish ICT users.

Methodology/research design: Through a survey among all 13-years old (N=276) children in a Swedish municipality, with a response rate at 92.7%, data have been collected about the children’s attitudes and user patterns of ICT during school and every day life.

Expected conclusions/findings: The findings reveals a heterogeneous group of ICT users with a lack in ICT skills. It is also concluded that ICT primarily is a tool for amusement, not for learning and education.

Relevance for Nordic Educational research: To be able to develop educational systems that meet the needs among today’s children and youth, there is a need for empirical based descriptions of young ICT users.

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2010.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-14224OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-14224DiVA: diva2:384054
Available from: 2011-01-07 Created: 2011-01-07

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