Writing to learn in digital environments (WIDE)

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 4416000 SEK


Digital technologies have changed the acts of reading and writing in profound ways, affecting learning in particular. From the learner´s perspective, literacy in the digital age entails not only learning to express oneself in various genres and subject areas, but it also concerns an understanding of the technologies that support written expression. It is therefore important to investigate how that understanding is shaped and re-shaped, and towards which ends technology for writing may be designed and used. It is a central problem for education to guide teachers and young writers in their efforts to cope with the changes that digital tools introduce in their literate acts, and language practice. The purpose of this project is to gain understanding of the impact of digital tools on young writers literacy practices and to investigate in which ways design of digital tools could help teachers to make use of them for their specific pedagogic purposes. The project has the following specific research goals: a) a better understanding of how digital tools affect literacy in the making b) an informed design of digital tools and its specific pedagogic contexts of use, in order to help young writers to critically think about their meaning making c) a better understanding of the gap between teenagers´ and young adults´ massive use of digital tools on the one hand, and the still problematic integration of digital tools into their pedagogic activities on the other hand.

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