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Title: Digital natives? New and old media and children's outcomes
Contributor(s): Bittman, Michael  (author); Rutherford, Leonie M  (author); Brown, Jude E  (author); Unsworth, Leonard  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
DOI: 10.1177/000494411105500206
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Abstract: The current generation of young children has been described as 'digital natives', having been born into a ubiquitous digital media environment. They are envisaged as educationally independent of the guided interaction provided by 'digital immigrants': parents and teachers. This article uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to study the development of vocabulary and traditional literacy in children aged from 0 to 8 years; their access to digital devices; parental mediation practices; children's use of digital devices as recorded in time-diaries; and, finally, the association between patterns of media use and family contexts on children's learning. The analysis shows the importance of the parental context in framing media use for acquiring vocabulary, and suggests that computer (but not games) use is associated with more developed language skills. Independently of these factors, raw exposure to television is not harmful to learning.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Education, 55(2), p. 161-175
Publisher: Australian Council for Educational Research
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0004-9441
Field of Research (FOR): 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
170113 Social and Community Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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