Digital natives, better learners? Students' beliefs about how the Internet influenced their ability to learn

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Abstract

In the literature students are sometimes assumed to feel empowered with respect to learning because of their familiarity with and access to ICT. However, after interviewing 25 students from post-elementary schools, it was found that the majority of the students, although they use the Internet and other ICT for school purposes, believed that their generation is not as good at learning as the pre-ICT generation. Several students explained the situation in terms of the school's failure to build on their abilities. Nonetheless, the majority believed that the Internet over-simplifies schoolwork (perceived primarily as the traditional processing of textual sources), which in turn diminishes learning abilities. These results carry important implications regarding school, given that low self-efficacy might make students less likely to apply themselves to learning.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1384-1391
Number of pages8
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Israel Science Foundation , Grant 1108 .

Keywords

  • Digital native
  • Internet influence
  • Perceived self-efficacy
  • Schooling

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