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A New Generation Gap? Some thoughts on the consequences of increasingly early ICT first contact

By A.D. Madden, J.M.B. Nunes, M. McPherson, N. Ford, D. Miller and M. Rico


One possible consequence of ICT’s rapid rise will be a new ‘generation gap’ arising from differing perceptions of the learning technologies. The nature, causes and consequences of this gap are of interest to educational practitioners and policymakers.\ud \ud This paper uses data from an ongoing project together with a synopsis of research to describe the ICT-based generation gap that currently exists between students and their teachers and parents. It is argued that this gap may exist between students differing in age by as little as five years.\ud \ud Results from a related project exploring Networked Information and Communication Literacy Skills (NICLS), are used to introduce a discussion on the nature of any skills gap that must be addressed in the light of this generation gap.\u

Year: 2005
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