Navigating the unbeaten track from digital literacy to digital citizenship: A case of university students in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province

Reading & Writing


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Navigating the unbeaten track from digital literacy to digital citizenship: A case of university students in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province
 
Creator Takavarasha, Sam Cilliers, Liezel Chinyamurindi, Willie
 
Subject — digital citizenship; digital literacy; South Africa; Eastern Cape; digital natives; millennials; activity theory
Description Unlike the millennials from the industrialised world who were raised amidst an increasingly online and socially networked society, their South African counterparts at previously disadvantaged universities have some weaknesses similar to those of digital migrants. These weaknesses are caused by the limited exposure millennials in South Africa have to digital devices and Internet connectivity. In spite of these impediments, their future careers in an increasingly globalised world require them to behave like, transact and engage with full-fledged digital citizens from the global north. Digital citizenship is the ability to use technology safely, responsibly, critically, productively and civically. This raises intellectual curiosity about the extent to which the African millennial is prepared for a world that expects them to be digital citizens. This article, therefore, investigates the challenges faced by the South African millennial as they navigate an unusual route to digital citizenship. We adopted the activity theory for a mixed-methods study that consists of a survey of 148 questionnaires and 15 in-depth interviews. The findings show that while university-going millennials acquire digital literacy, their development of digital citizenship is affected by lack of mentors and access (i.e. connectivity and devices) at home and lack of soft skills training (i.e. online safety, digital etiquette and inadequate information literacy) at the university.
 
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
 
Contributor
Date 2018-11-06
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip application/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/rw.v9i1.187
 
Source Reading & Writing; Vol 9, No 1 (2018); 15 pages 2308-1422 2079-8245
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/187/470 https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/187/469 https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/187/471 https://rw.org.za/index.php/rw/article/view/187/465
 
Coverage Eastern Cape — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Sam Takavarasha, Liezel Cilliers, Willie Chinyamurindi https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0