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Primary school children’s internet skills: a report on performance tests of operational, formal, information, and strategic internet skills

Van Deursen, Alexander J.A.M. and Görzig, Anke and Van Delzen, Marianne and Perik, Hanneke T.M. and Stegeman, Anne Grace (2014) Primary school children’s internet skills: a report on performance tests of operational, formal, information, and strategic internet skills. International Journal of Communication, 8. pp. 1343-13656. ISSN 1932-8036

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Identification Number: 1932–8036/20140005

Abstract

The performance levels of fundamental (i.e., operational and formal) and advanced (i.e., information and strategic) Internet skills and their potential predictors were assessed among a sample of Dutch primary school children. The findings suggest that primary school children possess sufficient levels of fundamental but not advanced Internet skills and, hence, might not be able to make best use of important opportunities the Internet has to offer. Children employed very ineffective and inefficient search strategies and did not combine information to make beneficial decisions. Contrary to previous survey research findings, no performance differences among boys and girls were revealed when using actual performance tests. Training programs to support advanced Internet skills among primary school children should be considered.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/index
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2014 15:32
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2014 13:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57211

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