New Literacies: The Internet Search Practices of Struggling Adolescent Readers

By Phillip Wilder.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

This teacher research explores the Internet search practices of six struggling adolescent readers while they searched for information on a Caribbean Island during two ninth-grade geography classes. Representing a diversity of Internet experiences and academic backgrounds, the selected students conducted a series of think aloud protocols and interviews to unveil the ways that their use of the Internet for learning continues to be socially reproduced and influenced by their traditional literacies. I argue that both the traditional literacies of struggling adolescent readers and the "academic" views of learning in the selected geography classes both impede and reproduce the ways that students conduct and construct meaning from Internet searches.

Keywords: New Literacies, Adolescent Literacies, High School, Internet Search Practices

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp.105-118. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 596.842KB).

Phillip Wilder

Doctoral Student, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA

I primarily wear two educational hats. I’m a full-time doctoral student in Language and Literacy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researching new literacies and the ways in which secondary teachers learn, incorporate and utilize new technologies in their curriculum and daily instructional decisions. In addition, for the last several years I’ve been the literacy coordinator at Champaign Central High School and I spend my mornings conducting literacy coaching with content-area teachers. Whether working with freshman Biology, Geography or English teachers, my primary goal is to guide their understanding of new literacies and to infuse effective literacy strategies and technologies into their daily teaching.


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