The Digital Native

1470 Words Jan 12th, 2016 6 Pages
The research introduced in The ‘digital native’ in context: tensions associated with importing Web 2.0 practices into the school setting stands on the constructivist epistemology combined with an interpretivist perspective. Indeed, its main goal aims to understand the nature and extent of importing tools (such as Web 2.0) from everyday settings (such as home) into a more structured context (such as a school). Deep interests in the students’ use of Web 2.0 in and out school and their engagement with this technology emerge from the research. However, trying not to ignore social realities such as the lack of access to technologies and poor technology training, the research also adapts a flavour of social constructivism. It seeks the complexity of views around the social and cognitive practices young people cultivate through the recreational use of Web 2.0 tools and services, which are shaped by socio-cultural settings. In other words, the research seeks to see the strains generated by the adoption of Web 2.0 in education among the called ‘digital natives.’ Here the term ‘digital native’ can be considered as an umbrella concept that encompasses many different perceptions of what the new generations can do and the easiness they find to deal with new technologies.
From a constructivist worldview the research participants developed subjective meanings of their experiences, and these meanings are as varied and multiple as people participated. It is important to recall the premises…
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