Using mobile phones as placed resources for literacy learning in a remote Indigenous community in Australia

Auld, Glenn, Snyder, Ilana and Henderson, Michael 2012, Using mobile phones as placed resources for literacy learning in a remote Indigenous community in Australia, Language and education, vol. 26, no. 4, Special Issue : Digital literacies, pp. 279-296.

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Title Using mobile phones as placed resources for literacy learning in a remote Indigenous community in Australia
Author(s) Auld, Glenn
Snyder, Ilana
Henderson, Michael
Journal name Language and education
Volume number 26
Issue number 4
Season Special Issue : Digital literacies
Start page 279
End page 296
Total pages 18
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-07
ISSN 0950-0782
1747-7581
Keyword(s) remote Indigenous Australian education
placed resources
learning
mobile phones
digital literacies
literacy education
Summary Despite massive funding from the Australian government, the literacy achievement of Australian Indigenous children remains significantly lower than for non-Indigenous. With the aim of identifying innovative ways to improve Indigenous children's literacy achievement, this study explored the social practices surrounding everyday mobile phone use by Indigenous people in a remote Australian community. Informed by the notion of ‘placed resources’, which highlights the understanding that digital literacies are best considered as resources situated by social practices that have local effect, the study surveyed 95 people living in a remote Indigenous community about their mobile phone practices. The study also examined a video of a literacy event between a mother and her child around the use of a mobile phone. The findings revealed the strong relational aspects of phone use in remote communities. Integral to the concept of placed resources is a respect for the practices communities find important as they adopt artefacts for their everyday communication.
Language eng
Field of Research 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30046601

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