Challenging the Concept of Digital Nativeness–Through the Assessment of Information Literacy and Digital Literacy

Milla Aavakare*, Shahrokh Nikou

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    Abstract

    New opportunities for learning and teaching are introduced as the aftermath of the emergence of new digital technologies. Concurrently, change is taking place within the concept of literacy, as different dimensions of literacy have emerged. Information- and digital literacy are prominent examples of this, as their significance in the 21st century has received an array of scholarly attention. However, dimensions of literacy and technology acceptance within the educational context have been extensively bound to the discussion of digital natives and digital immigrants based on their age factor. A generalisation of this nature disregards diversity within the suggested groups, as differences can appear in other influencing factors. Hence, this study aims to look beyond age as a divider of digital nativeness, and instead takes a focus on other possible boundaries of characterisation. The results show that both information and digital literacy are important factors, and that literacy is a competence that depends on the access, frequency of use and the ability to use digital technologies. As such, the interactions of individuals with digital technologies should be used to classify individuals as digital native and digital immigrants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationWell-Being in the Information Society. Fruits of Respect - 8th International Conference, WIS 2020, Proceedings
    EditorsMirella Cacace, Raija Halonen, Hongxiu Li, Thao Phuong Orrensalo, Gunilla Widén, Chenglong Li, Reima Suomi
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages211–225
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-57847-3
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-57846-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020
    MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book
    EventWIS: International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society - WIS: International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society
    Duration: 26 Aug 202027 Aug 2020

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
    Volume1270 CCIS
    ISSN (Print)1865-0929
    ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937

    Conference

    ConferenceWIS: International Conference on Well-Being in the Information Society
    Period26/08/2027/08/20

    Keywords

    • Digital Natives
    • Digitalisation
    • Educational institutions
    • Information literacy
    • digital literacy

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