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What is 'digital literacy'? A Pragmatic investigation.

BELSHAW, DOUGLAS,AJ (2012) What is 'digital literacy'? A Pragmatic investigation. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Digital literacy has been an increasingly-debated and discussed topic since the publication of Paul Gilster’s seminal Digital Literacy in 1997. It is, however, a complex term predicated on previous work in new literacies such as information literacy and computer literacy. To make sense of this complexity and uncertainty I come up with a ‘continuum of ambiguity’ and employ a Pragmatic methodology. This thesis makes three main contributions to the research area. First, I argue that considering a plurality of digital literacies helps avoid some of the problems of endlessly-redefining ‘digital literacy’. Second, I abstract eight essential elements of digital literacies from the research literature which can lead to positive action. Finally, I argue that co-constructing a definition of digital literacies (using the eight essential elements as a guide) is at least as important as the outcome.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Education
Keywords:digital literacy;digital literacies;new literacies;information literacy;visual literacy;Pragmatism;learning;internet;new media;memes;framework
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Education, School of
Thesis Date:2012
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:27 Mar 2012 11:13

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