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Are online communities for young people an issue for education researchers?: A literature review of Swedish and international studies within the educational field
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (English)In: Education and Information Technologies: Official Journal of the IFIP technical committee on Education, ISSN 1360-2357, E-ISSN 1573-7608, Vol. 16, no 1, 55-69 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Issues concerning children and young people are of interest for the educational field as question about fostering, up-bringing, learning and socialisation are core topics for academic researchers in education. Today many young people in Sweden and around the world spend an increasing amount of their time in online communities or social networking sites. This article aims to investigate whether it also is highlighted by the education researchers. Is it an area to which educational researchers currently contribute? The goal for this article is to present research that is done regarding these issues. My findings show that few academic studies deal with youth and their online environments. Foremost is the research about Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in formal learning situations: in higher education, in schools and classrooms, among professional groups such as teachers and about more general computer use rather than on questions about the fostering or up-bringing of children online. This study implies that online activities for children and young people is a topic currently lying outside the educational research field, resulting in a discussion on why that can be. My work consisted of three parts: a manual search in Swedish research journals at a university library and by searching one Swedish (Libris) and one international (ISI Web of Science) online database. This activity took place in 2009 and covered research conducted between 2003 and 2008. I conclude that this area is one where educational expertise is lacking; hence further research is strongly required.

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SpringerLink , 2011. Vol. 16, no 1, 55-69 p.
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Youth, Online Communities, Social Network Sites, Educational Research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34442DOI: 10.1007/s10639-010-9128-6OAI: diva2:321739
Available from: 2010-06-02 Created: 2010-06-02 Last updated: 2011-03-02Bibliographically approved

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