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Youth Digital Cultural Consumption and Education


Mónica Pini ,

Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina, AR
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Sandra I. Musanti,

University of Texas at Brownsville, United States, US
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Teresa Cerratto Pargman

Stockholm University, Sweden, SE
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Media and technological devices function as socializing agents during children’s leisure and entertainment time. Drawing from the theory of cultural consumption, a socio educational approach to students’ digital practices, and media literacy, this qualitative study seeks to explore and describe students’ cultural consumption profile. The authors explore the representations and meanings of digital practices of public school students of a predominately working class neighborhood situated in the periphery of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Findings highlight different aspects of youth cultural consumption profile. Two themes were identified: a) children use computers for a multiplicity of different activities enacting multitasking practices; and b) children develop new forms of digital practices for social digital interaction that are expressed in the “need” to be connected, the production and use of shared codes and the establishment of ambivalent relations with social media platforms. Implications for education are explored.

How to Cite: Pini, M., I. Musanti, S., & Cerratto Pargman, T. (2014). Youth Digital Cultural Consumption and Education. Designs for Learning, 7(2), 58–79.
Published on 01 Dec 2014.
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