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Understanding Digital Adults Is As Essential As Understanding Digital Natives
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Although digital native research has been wildly popular throughout the first decade of the 2000s, it introduced a wide generation gap–placing information and communication technology (ICT) savvy youth on one side, and adults with little or no ICT savvy, on the other side. Such a generalization is problematic because the literature focuses primarily on the youth and then it further compounds the problem with a paucity of ICT-savvy adult research. This paper addresses the generalization and associated gap through research conducted with technologically savvy adults. Research results produced evidence that adult ICT practices and social norms were congruent with two assumptions based on digital native research. It also replaced several misconceptions about the digital generational gap and produced an important third finding–ICT self-efficacy exists, was identifiable, and was found to be a major motivator for ICT savvy adults. Understanding digital adults is as essential as understanding digital natives.

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Tufts, D. (2011). Understanding Digital Adults Is As Essential As Understanding Digital Natives. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2541-2548). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 18, 2019 from .

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