Share Paper: Prensky’s Digital Native/Digital Immigrant Dichotomy: A Critique

  1. Sarah P. Southall, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States
Monday, March 5 2:00-2:30 PM Creekside II

Abstract: Over the past decade, much has been written about the technology skills, preferences and experiences of students. A common theme within this discourse is that current generations of students, specifically university students, are more competent and capable in using information computer technologies (ICT) as compared to previous generations (Bennet, Maton, & Kervin, 2008). Prensky (2001), in his article on Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, provides a unique yet problematic construct in which to view this discourse. He asserts that change in education is required because higher educational institutions are not meeting the needs of a new generation of “tech-savvy” students. Using ...