Children in the Information Society: The Case of Finland

Children in the Information Society: The Case of Finland

by Juha Suoranta, Hanna Lehtimaki
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820468290

ISBN-13: 9780820468297

Pub. Date: 01/01/2004

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

Finland is known worldwide as a laboratory of the information society. The Finnish model combines information technology know-how with welfare state structures where equality seems to prevail. Can we take this picture at face value, or is it too optimistic? In this book we approach the case of Finland from children’s perspectives by exploring what ICTs

Overview

Finland is known worldwide as a laboratory of the information society. The Finnish model combines information technology know-how with welfare state structures where equality seems to prevail. Can we take this picture at face value, or is it too optimistic? In this book we approach the case of Finland from children’s perspectives by exploring what ICTs (information and communication technology) and media they use, how they use them, and what their thoughts are concerning this use? How does media become a part of children’s everyday lives? The book is based on a nationally representative child survey supplemented by interviews where eight- to ten-year old Finnish children have been the key informants.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820468297
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2004
Series:
New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies Ser., #17
Pages:
151

Table of Contents

List of Tablesvii
Forewordix
Acknowledgmentsxi
1.Introduction1
What Information Society?2
Whose Information Society?3
The Shape of the Book5
2.Children in the Media Culture Like Fish in Water7
The Information Society in Machines7
The New Communities of TV-Watching12
Use of Mobile Phones: Gaming Outranks Calling15
Use of Computers: A Multifunctional Machine17
3.The Media in Children's Everyday Lives21
Children Like All Kinds of TV Programs21
Mobile Parenting and Organization of Daily Life28
The Significance of the Computer for Children: A Toy and a Useful Machine39
Restrictions and Liberties in Media Use: The Adaptation Hypothesis44
4.Free Time in a Media Culture55
Hobbies and Their Accumulation55
Children's Ideal Professions and fifty Fun and Sad Moments65
Gaming: Learning or Pure Fun?69
5.Media Culture in School75
Media Culture as a Pedagogical Force75
General Skills in Media Culture83
Children Want to Participate89
6.Children as Participants in the Information Society93
Everyday Life in the Family and the Culture of Being Busy93
Who Participates in What?100
Arenas for Children's Participation103
7.Information Society for Children?113
8.Conducting a Survey on Children125
Methodological Starting Points125
How Did We Conduct the Query?127
What Kind of Data Did We Have?129
How Did We Analyze the Data?130
Appendix 1Questionnaire133
Appendix 2Teacher's Instructions139
Appendix 3Interview Themes141
References145

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