Just Google It! Students constructing knowledge through internet travel

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Title Just Google It! Students constructing knowledge through internet travel
Author Singh, Parlo; Mallan, Kerry; Giardina, Natasha
Publication Title AARE 2008 Conference Papers Collection Proceedings
Editor Peter J. Jeffery
Year Published 2009
Publisher Australian Association for Research in Education
Abstract As knowledge is the new economy, young people increasingly navigate information flows across multiple modalities to access, acquire, and construct knowledge. With the advent of Web2.0 or the 'read/write web' (Achterman, 2006, p.19), applications such as the Google suite and Wikipedia have become the standard service for information seekers and creators. Hailed as inherently participative, democratising and liberating, Web 2.0 enables travel along vast information scapes (Appadurai, 1996), and provides a platform for engagement and participation in national and international conversations. This paper arises from an ARC Discovery grant. We analyse data from focus group discussions with students aged between 12 and 17 years from two regional and two urban independent secondary schools in Queensland. We examine what students have to say about their engagement w with Wikipedia and Google in relation to completing their school assignments. Specifically we focus on how students talk about collaborative knowledge sources, how they value knowledge from these sources, and how they perceive and mitigate the potential problems and risks of such knowledge. We begin the paper by providing a description of conflicting viewpoints about the information potential and capabilities of Web 2.0 and the skills and knowledge that may be needed by young people traversing multiple information scapes. Our discussion highlights the ways that students encounter a variety of epistemic forms, and their attitudes to and engagement with the information sources they use. We conclude by raising several pedagogical considerations, namely, (i) the significance for teachers and students to understand the different forms of information sources/tools that are increasingly available through web 2.0 platform, and the varying potential or value of these tools for information access and knowledge co-construction; (ii) the ways in which students traverse information scapes across both online and off-line networks to access, acquire and share new knowledge; and (iii) the investments (personal, social, technological) required to access the vast knowledge networks available to students.
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Publisher URI http://www.aare.edu.au
Copyright Statement Copyright remains with the authors 2009. The attached file is posted here with permission of the copyright owners for your personal use only. No further distribution permitted. For information about this conference please refer to the publisher's website or contact the authors.
ISBN 1324-9339
Conference name AARE 2008: Changing Climates: Education for Sustainable Futures
Location Brisbane
Date From 2008-11-30
Date To 2008-12-04
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30764
Date Accessioned 2010-03-04
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject Curriculum and Pedagogy
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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