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Mobile Children, Young People and Technology Project: An Exploratory Study of Mobile Cultures’ Use of Digital Technology and New Media for Living and Learning

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherSTEP: Centre for Mobile Cultures and Education
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2016


This exploratory research work gives voice to children and young people who are often not represented by national census or large-scale research, and contributes to knowledge and understanding about the use of technology in mobile communities. The aim of the project was to explore children and young people’s practices around new media and digital technology when settled and travelling. This aim was achieved by answering the following research questions:
1. To what extent do children and young people from mobile communities consider digital technology an important part of everyday life?
2. What types of digital technology do the children and young people use and what are typical practices around these?
3. What role does digital technology play in children and young people's learning and education within a mobile context?
STEP met with 19 children and young people (aged 6-16) from mobile communities across Scotland. Researchers used a range of digital and creative methods to prompt dialogue about digital technology. Methods took into consideration the possibility of low literacy, language and preference for oral and visual methods.

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