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Distinct skill pathways to digital engagement

Helsper, Ellen ORCID: 0000-0002-0852-2853 and Eynon, Rebecca (2013) Distinct skill pathways to digital engagement. European Journal of Communication, 28 (6). pp. 696-713. ISSN 0267-3231

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0267323113499113


Digital literacy and inclusion have been two important, largely separate, areas of study that examine the relationships between Internet skills and engagement. This article brings together these areas of research by testing a model that assumes specific pathways to inclusion: specific sociodemographic factors predict specific digital skills and specific digital skills predict related types of engagement with the Internet. Analyses of nationally representative survey data of Internet use in Britain highlight considerable measurement and conceptual challenges that complicate digital literacy research. The findings suggest that linking literacy and exclusion frameworks allows for a more nuanced understanding of digital engagement. Different groups lacked different skills, which related to how their engagement with the Internet varied.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2013 Sage
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
University Structure > Language Centre
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2013 15:08
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:40
Funders: Oxford Internet Surveys

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