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Lee Rainie @ CIL

Posted by lpearle on 25 March 2006

I didn’t attend this session, but it appears I didn’t need to because Jenica’s post says it all.

Yes, statements like this

teens look at information retrieval in a contextual environment – if they have their phone, they’ll use their phone. If they’re online, they use browsers. If they’re at school, they’ll use the library. Etcetera. They do not view media as being fixed – media and information are portable, in time and location.

bother me, but more because I wonder if this is really an accurate reflection of all teens. The Pew methodology is a little suspect (to me), as is this assumption that teens are somehow very different than we are.

Yes, they have different tools. But have they “evolved”? I know there are studies showing different brain patters between “us” and “them”… but have we proven that’s a worldwide phenomenon or is it limited to the First World countries, or to the US, or even just to those lucky teens who have the money and the opportunity to have the new, cool tech tools? If the former, then by all means, let’s start working on ways to reformat and revision our pedagogy. If the latter, well, perhaps not so much. And if the middle, let’s take time to work out the best way to change things rather than running to keep up with something we may not have to (or need to) keep up with after all.

Still, much to ponder and figure out. Because we just don’t know right now. Do we?


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