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The Web 2.0 Skills of Italian Students: An Empirical Study in Southern Italy

TitleThe Web 2.0 Skills of Italian Students: An Empirical Study in Southern Italy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsBuffardi A, Taddeo G
Secondary TitleItalian Journal of Sociology of Education
Date Published02/2017
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2035-4983
Keywordsdigital competence, Education, learning outcomes, Web 2.0

This paper presents the main results of an empirical research funded by the Italian Ministry of Education and carried out by INDIRE (National Institute of Documentation, Innovation and Research in Education) in 2015 .Starting from a survey based on a sample of 9.508 students, the aim was to out-line and discuss results relating to the youngsters’ “participatory” and “Web 2.0” skills. The research coped with issues such as the daily digital practices of students, their different “digital styles” and their relationship with learning outcomes and learning needs. The results highlight several interesting thinking issues such as: 1) the development of different “digital styles” among students in relation to their school achievement: more “generic” and entertainment-based the style of the students with low marks at school, more “practical” and knowledge-based the style of the students with the highest scores; 2) a positive correlation between participation in advanced online activities in the classroom (i.e. involving digital literacy, online teamwork, creative software use) and a more frequent and conscious use of technology by students outside school. Through the analysis of the data, some interpretative directions will be drawn, in order to discuss the pivotal role of schools in improving students’ formal and in-formal digital skills.