The class: living and learning in a digital age
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Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Julian Sefton-Green

The authors provide insights into how young people’s social, digital, and learning networks enable or disempower them. Based on fieldwork at a London comprehensive school, the research examines pupils’ experiences of growing up and learning in a digital world.

Following the school and home lives of 28 year nine pupils, one of the key research questions was whether the way media was used at home and school – especially given access to mobile digital technologies – allowed home and school to be connected in different ways.

The authors found that for all the talk about living in a connected world, pupils did not want teachers or parents to have access to their digital world, while the same was true of the adults. 

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Professor Sonia Livingstone and Dr Julian Sefton-Green

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New York University Press

Date of publication:
May 2016

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Exploring how pupils develop and use digital networks in and out of the school, and the impact they have on their social and learning environments, this research will make for interesting reading for teachers keen to explore the use of technology in teaching. 

Empirical study of 28 year nine pupils.


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