Young people of the 21st century are, like no other generation before, immersed in a technologically rich environment. It is not surprising then that these young people have developed a wealth of expertise in the use of digital technologies. Whilst this is the case, understandings of how these young people have gained this expertise in these contemporary techno-cultural contexts is limited. The design of the Teenage Expertise Network (TEN) follows principles of ethnographic research adapted to an online environment.
The small sample of teenaged technological experts in this study claimed that technological ‘expert-like’ practices have been shaped and brought about via informal (and some formal) modes of education. Expertise is assumed to be gained by countless hours spent accruing knowledge of the field, and while it is, it remains something not only gained by professionals who have degrees. In the technological field, those who are experts are those tuned in to the fluidity of knowledge. This study suggests that when one looks to become a technological expert, one needs to not only employ particular dispositions in one’s practice, but utilise various strategies and tactics when going about learning new knowledge.
|Keywords:||Teenagers, Expertise, Technology, Sociology, Certeau, Strategies, Tactics|
Lecturer in Curriculum and Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
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