This white paper summarizes the results of a three-year ethnographic study, funded by the 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? Results from the study — the most extensive U.S. study on teens and their use of digital media to date — show that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, often in ways adults do not understand or value.

Study authors: Mizuko Ito, Heather Horst, Matteo Bittanti, danah boyd, Becky Herr-Stephenson, Patricia G. Lange, C.J. Pascoe, and Laura Robinson, with Sonja Baumer, Rachel Cody, Dilan Mahendran, Katynka Martínez, Dan Perkel, Christo Sims, and Lisa Tripp.

Digital Media & Learning, Education, Technology, United States, Youth

Study Shows Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development

The MacArthur-supported study shows that America’s youth are developing important social and technical skills online, often in ways adults do not understand or value. Read More
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Mimi Ito on digital media and learning

The MacArthur Foundation is exploring how technology is changing kids and learning, committing $50 million to this initiative.

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