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‘Digital Participation’ describes the ways in which people participate in learning, work, civic life, and leisure in a context where digital technologies and media are more prevalent. From this perspective, in order to fully participate in our society and economy, people need the relevant digital literacy skills, competences and knowledge. Digital literacy is about far more than functional ICT skills, it is the way people make, understand and share meaning in a digital context. Teaching digital literacy means enabling children to access, create and communicate through ICT, as well as to be evaluative and critical about the influences and impacts of new media.
This programme, currently in its second year, aims to support teachers’ practice and develop young people’s digital literacy and their opportunities for digital participation.
The first year (2009-10) of the Digital Participation research project worked with practising educators, experts and children in primary and secondary schools exploring how digital literacy can be developed within a range of school subjects.
The second year (2010-11) of the Digital Participation programme builds on this work in four interconnected strands of research:
- Strand 1: Digital Literacy Interventions in Schools
- Strand 2: Developing Teachers’ Practice
- Strand 3: Digital literacy across home and school
- Strand 4: Young Peoples’ Research Group
Project type and status
Ongoing research project
Handbook: Digital literacy across the curriculum (1mb pdf)
Case studies: Digital literacy in practice (pdf)
Video case studies: Digital literacy in practice (flv)
Literature review: Digital participation, digital literacy, and school subjects (170kb pdf)