Where Next in Research on ICT and Literacies?

Andrews, Richard (2003) Where Next in Research on ICT and Literacies? English in Education, 37 (3). pp. 28-41. ISSN 0425-0494

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Abstract

This article argues that we have come to a crossroads in research in the relationship of information and communication technologies (ICT) and literacy development. To date, research and evaluation have tried to gauge the impact of ICT on literacy. Predictably, ICT had been found to produce positive effects, though often these are small and/or specific. A systematic review of research on the topic is cited and a distillation of its results presented. However, the question of impact seems to miss a more important point: that the relationship between ICT and literacy (or literacies) is symbiotic. Questions are asked in the paper about how best to research such symbiosis, and a number of case studies are cited as evidence that a modest, descriptive and analytical approach is, at present, best suited to research in the field at this time. Two further issues follow from the above reorientation: the first is that we need to give more consideration to an understanding of the power of the visual and its relation to the verbal code, as this issue is fundamental to reading and composing on-screen; and the second is that it is not so much the new technologies themselves as the communities they enable young people to create and establish that are important for thinking about literacy development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: information and communication technologies,literacy,visual,verbal,communities,research
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 May 2016 12:03
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2019 15:48
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/58979
DOI: 10.1111/j.1754-8845.2003.tb00603.x

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