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A gender perspective on Internet use: Consequences for information seeking
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7214-1716
2005 (English)In: Information research, ISSN 1368-1613, E-ISSN 1368-1613, Vol. 10, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction. The aim of this article is to look at how attitudes towards the Internet technology differ between boys and girls, and how this affects their critical approach when seeking information.Method. The approach is ethnographic, and the material was collected by means of observations, conversations, questionnaires, interviews, computer logs and reading documents.Analyses. The analyses were made with the help of software for qualitative analysis, where all sentences both from interviews and field notes were coded. Some analyses were strictly quantitative and compared data from coded qualitative material with questionnaires and computer logs in a database sheet. Others were of qualitative nature and based on selected material from the coded texts.Results. It cannot be seen that boys and girls have different interests in the Internet technology in practice. But boys talk about their knowledge to a greater extent, and this interplays with their reflections about the Internet's reliability.Conclusion. Since a more developed cognitive model of the Internet seems to lead to more developed critical thinking about information on the Internet, it is important to help especially girls to develop models of the Internet, otherwise there is a risk that traditional gender roles will be preserved.

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Borås: Högskolan i Borås, 2005. Vol. 10, no 4
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Internet, gender, children, Pedagogiskt arbete, Educational Work
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Pedagogy
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-16545OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-16545DiVA, id: diva2:590134
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