Deliberately selected to represent as many parts of the globe as possible, and with a commitment to recognizing both the similarities and differences in children and young people's lives - from China to Denmark, from Canada to India, from Japan to Iceland, from - the authors offer a rich contextualization of children's engagement with their particular media and communication environment, while also pursuing cross-cutting themes in terms of comparative and global trends.

Debates and Challenges Facing New Literacies in the 21st Century

Debates and challenges facing new literacies in the 21st century
ReneeHobbs

Introduction

When the Educational Testing Service launched a new online test to measure students’; critical thinking and technology proficiencies in the spring of 2006, many scholars and educators from the fields of education, communication and library and information sciences realized that the concept of ‘new literacies’; had reached a new phase. More and more educators have begun to recognize that, despite their students’; familiarity with the internet and other technology, young people may or may not have skills necessary to access, analyze, and evaluate the abundance of information and entertainment available online. For example, some students may know how to upload videos and construct websites but they ...

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