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Born into the Digital Age in the south of Africa: the reconfiguration of the “digital citizen

Czerniewicz, Laura; Brown, Cheryl

Abstract:

"This paper describes two cases - of a mobile-centric and a computer-centric student respectively- and uses Bourdieu's notions of objectified and embodied cultural capital to explore their differences and similarities, their convergences over time and their disparate histories. We describe the different types of objectified cultural capital available to each student and examine the processes of appropriation of embodied cultural capital respectively. We then explore the relationship between these different types of capital and their influence on the students' attitudes to and choices about using ICTs for learning. In particular we note the role that one type of objectified capital – the cell phone - has played in this relationship. The case studies surface complexities which need unravelling, and point to the research questions to be explored when grappling with participation in higher education in a digital age."

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Title of Paper: Born into the Digital Age in the south of Africa: the reconfiguration of the “digital citizen
Conference Name: Networked Learning Conference 2010
Conference Date: 2010-05-01
Published as Proceedings: no


Date:2010
Document Type:Conference Paper (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Students
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Digital Age, Digital Divide, Student behaviour, Students, South Africa


Rights:Author
Date Added:24 February 2011


Czerniewicz, Laura; Brown, Cheryl (2010). Born into the Digital Age in the south of Africa: the reconfiguration of the “digital citizen