Schooling the mobile generation: the future for schools in the mobile-networked society

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Mobile technologies such as palmtop computers and mobile telephones represent a new breed of technological innovation - offering easier and quicker access to information and communication on an 'anytime, anywhere' basis. These networks are seen to lead to temporal and spatial re-definitions of young people's lines, with notions of time and space centred around the individual rather than shared societal norms or expectations. Such changes are now prompting some educationalists to predict that mobile technologies will radically change students, and therefore the nature of schools and schooling. Set against a lack of considered academic debate, the present paper offers a detailed consideration of the theoretical and practical implications of mobile technologies such as phones and handheld computers on schools and schooling by contrasting the fixed' nature of schools against 'mobile' technologies' freeing up of the key symbolic forms of power of information and communication. After considering the strengths and limitations of both these viewpoints, this paper then outlines a framework for future research and discussion in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-144
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes

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