Share Paper: Pre-Service Teachers As Digital Natives: The Myths, The Controversy, And How They Describe Themselves

  1. David Mulder, Dordt College, United States
Wednesday, March 28 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Edison G

Abstract: In the years since Prensky (2001) introduced the metaphor of digital natives and digital immigrants, the label of "digital natives" has been pervasively applied to the younger generations Today's pre-service teachers are often described as "digital natives," due to their age, and the generation of which they are part However, there is a growing number of voices calling the idea of digital natives into question This paper is presents a study in which pre-service teachers at a comprehensive college located in the upper Midwestern United States are surveyed to explore their self-perceptions related to the idea of being digital natives ...