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Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project

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Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher(s): Digital Youth Project

Author(s): Mimi Ito; Heather Horst; Matteo Bittanti; Danah Boyd

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Broadcasting)
Population and demographics (Children and youth)
Social conditions (Social research)

Keywords: Digital expression; Youth media use; Self-directed online learning

Coverage: United States


This white paper summarizes the results of a three-year ethnographic study, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, examining young people's participation in the new media ecology. It represents a condensed version of a longer treatment of the project findings. The study was motivated by two primary research questions: How are new media being integrated into youth practices and agendas? How do these practices change the dynamics of youth-adult negotiations over literacy, learning, and authoritative knowledge?


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