Literacy, technology and the economics of attention

Bigum, Chris, Knobel, Michele, Lankshear, Colin and Rowan, Leonie 2003, Literacy, technology and the economics of attention, L1-educational studies in language and literature, vol. 3, no. 1-2, pp. 95-122, doi: 10.1023/A:1024588324175.

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Title Literacy, technology and the economics of attention
Author(s) Bigum, Chris
Knobel, Michele
Lankshear, Colin
Rowan, Leonie
Journal name L1-educational studies in language and literature
Volume number 3
Issue number 1-2
Start page 95
End page 122
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Place of publication The Netherlands
Publication date 2003-01
ISSN 1567-6617
Keyword(s) attention
boys' literacy
new technologies
Summary This article is based on a project aimed at generating practical suggestions based on research findings about how new technologies might be used to enhance L1 literacy attainment in disadvantagedsettings. The project involved designing,implementing and researching an innovative approach to curriculum and pedagogy using new digital technologies in language and literacy education within classroom settings involving small groups of "disadvantaged'' learners. The paper reports activity and findings from one of four study sites. It focuses on four Grade 9 boys seen by their teachers as troublemakers and at risk of failing in English. The researchers draw on current conceptual and theoretical work associated with the emergence of an Attention Economy theory to design a collaborative activity around constructing a website, and to identify and analyse positive literacy learning outcomes associated with the pedagogical approach taken. The authors show how this new perspective on attention informs a critique of conventional approaches to school organization and classroom learning, and how it can be used to envisage alternative approaches to understanding and teaching students who display literacy learning difficulties at school.
Language eng
DOI 10.1023/A:1024588324175
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Kluwer Academic Publishers
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