New article by Paul Kirschner & me: The myths of the digital native and the multitasker

Paul Kirschner and yours truly just got a new article published in Teaching and Teacher Education on 2 common myths in education: the digital native and the multitasker. You can read it for free here (until Aug. 4)

The highlights:

  • Information-savvy digital natives do not exist.
  • Learners cannot multitask; they task switch which negatively impacts learning.
  • Educational design assuming these myths hinders rather than helps learning.

The abstract of our paper:

Current discussions about educational policy and practice are often embedded in a mind-set that considers students who were born in an age of omnipresent digital media to be fundamentally different from previous generations of students. These students have been labelled digital natives and have been ascribed the ability to cognitively process multiple sources of information simultaneously (i.e., they can multitask). As a result of this thinking, they are seen by teachers, educational administrators, politicians/policy makers, and the media to require an educational approach radically different from that of previous generations. This article presents scientific evidence showing that there is no such thing as a digital native who is information-skilled simply because (s)he has never known a world that was not digital. It then proceeds to present evidence that one of the alleged abilities of students in this generation, the ability to multitask, does not exist and that designing education that assumes the presence of this ability hinders rather than helps learning. The article concludes by elaborating on possible implications of this for education/educational policy.

 

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5 responses to “New article by Paul Kirschner & me: The myths of the digital native and the multitasker

  1. Pingback: de informatievaardige digital native moet nog geboren worden | The Sausage Machine

  2. Gale Morrison

    Hi Pedro. The links at the start of this post are both to the paper and abstract at Science Direct. Is there also an article not behind a firewall at “Teaching and Teacher Education”?

    My school district is doing a year long instructional tech eval and I’d like to share this with them!

    Gale Morrison 610.964.7926 home 215.317.6188 mobile

    On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 12:50 AM, From experience to meaning… wrote:

    > Pedro posted: “Paul Kirschner and yours truly just got a new article > published in Teaching and Teacher Education on 2 common myths in education: > the digital native and the multitasker. The highlights: Information-savvy > digital natives do not exist. ” >

  3. Gale Morrison

    Never mind I just caught that this is the name of the journal!

    Gale Morrison 610.964.7926 home 215.317.6188 mobile

  4. Ken Sheck

    Great article! I wish the powers-that-be at the school division I just left would read this. But, alas, the division is 100% committed to 1 to 1 and no one with power wants to hear about the potential drawbacks.

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