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      Childhood in a digital age: creative challenges for educational futures

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      London Review of Education
      IOE Press
      CHANGING CHILDHOODS, 4 PS, EDUCATIONAL FUTURES, CREATIVITY IN EDUCATION
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            The early twenty-first century is characterised by rapid change. Commentators note how permeating digital technologies engage increasing numbers of children, young people and adults as consumers and also producers. In the shifting technological landscape, childhood and youth are changing. Connectivity around the clock, with a parallel existence in virtual space, is seamlessly integrated with actual lives. Young people are skilful collaborators, navigating digital gaming and social networking with ease, capably generating and manipulating content, experimenting virtually with versions of their 'social face'. They are implicit, inherent and immersed consumers. They are digital possibility thinkers posing 'what if?' questions and engaging in 'as if' activity. This paper seeks to theorise such possibility thinking in a digital, marketised age, using two competing discourses: young people as vulnerable and at risk; or alternatively as capable and potent. The former perspective imbues anxiety about the digital revolution; the latter embraces it as exciting and enabling. As education providers seek to re-imagine themselves, neither is sufficient. Local and global challenges urgently demand our creative potential and wisdom. Drawing from work with schools, the paper argues for co-creating with students their education futures through dialogue to nurture the 4 Ps: plurality, playfulness, participation and possibilities.

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            10430
            London Review of Education
            IOE Press
            1474-8460
            01 July 2012
            : 10
            : 2
            : 173-190
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            1474-8460(20120701)10:2L.173;1- s5.phd /ioep/clre/2012/00000010/00000002/art00005
            10.1080/14748460.2012.691282
            4e8af6db-0a62-4dd0-a1b7-1bf0c2deb77d
            Copyright @ 2012
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            Education,Assessment, Evaluation & Research methods,Educational research & Statistics,General education
            4 PS,CREATIVITY IN EDUCATION,EDUCATIONAL FUTURES,CHANGING CHILDHOODS

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