How do we 'get at' people's everyday practices of digital technology?

Ostini, Jenny (2014) How do we 'get at' people's everyday practices of digital technology? In: Social Science Research Questions and Methodological Challenges in the 21st Century, 15 Oct 2014, Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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I’m interested in what sticks in the mind, what makes something memorable. And almost everyone can remember their first encounter with a computer. This may not last. Children born in the last five years will likely have always been around a digital device, in the same way that people born in the nineteen eighties don’t remember time before television. People’s feelings, experiences and memories are fertile ground for understanding their everyday practices; for understanding their ownership and use of digital technology and how it has become integral to our lives.

My work-in-progress is a collection of digital literacy narratives drawing on people’s interactions with computers from their earliest to most recent experiences. It examines the rules surrounding personal, work and school usage of computers and how this has changed over time. People’s comfort levels with computers and new technology are also examined.

The overarching question for this research is what digital literacy looks like in people’s lives or what digital literacies look like in everyday practice. It takes a thick description approach instead of a survey or testing of digital literacy.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2014 23:31
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 03:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital Literacy, digital literacies, technology, narrative,digital fieldwork, social science, education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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