The use of 'authentic' internet-mediated activity to uncover children's learning experiences

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ACEC 2006, 2006, pp. 1 - 8
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The number of children and adolescents independently using the Internet for self-directed activities is continually increasing. If we are to understand the abilities and needs of future generations it is essential that we undertake exploratory studies of their informal use of this culturally valued cognitive tool. This paper describes a small study aimed at uncovering the characteristics of the young, competent Internet-user whilst engaged in activity reflective of their day-to-day use of this tool. The findings of this study are captured in a profile of the young, competent Internet-user. This profile acknowledges the broad range of socio-cultural understandings, tool-specific knowledge and cognitive skills evident during Internet-mediated activity.
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