This book brings together a group of internationally-reputed authors in the field of digital literacy. Their essays explore a diverse range of the concepts, policies and practices of digital literacy, and discuss how digital literacy is related to similar ideas: information literacy, computer literacy, media literacy, functional literacy and digital competence. It is argued that in light of this diversity and complexity, it is useful to think of digital literacies - the plural as well the singular. The first part of the book presents a rich mix of conceptual and policy perspectives; in the second part contributors explore social practices of digital remixing, blogging, online trading and social networking, and consider some legal issues associated with digital media.
The Editors: Colin Lankshear received his Ph.D. in philosophy of education at Canterbury University in New Zealand. He is currently a research leadership Professor of Literacy and New Technologies at James Cook University in Australia. Michele Knobel completed her Ph.D. in language and literacy education at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is currently Professor of Education at Montclair State University, where she coordinates the graduate and undergraduate literacy programs. Lankshear and Knobel's recent publications include A Handbook for Teacher Research (2004), New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Classroom Knowledge (2006), and A New Literacies Sampler (Peter Lang, 2007). They also edited (with Julie Coiro and Donald Leu) The Handbook of Research on New Literacies (2008).
Contents: Colin Lankshear/Michele Knobel: Introduction: Digital Literacies - Concepts, Policies and Practices - David Bawden: Origins and Concepts of Digital Literacy - Genevieve Marie Johnson: Functional Internet Literacy: Required Cognitive Skills with Implications for Instruction - Maggie Fieldhouse/David Nicholas: Digital Literacy as Information Savvy: The Road to Information Literacy - David Buckingham: Defining Digital Literacy - What Do Young People Need to Know About Digital Media? - Leena Rantala/Juha Suoranta: Digital Literacy Policies in the EU - Inclusive Partnership as the Final Stage of Governmentality? - Morten Soby: Digital Competence - From Education Policy to Pedagogy: The Norwegian Context - Allan Martin: Digital Literacy and the "Digital Society" - Ola Erstad: Trajectories of Remixing: Digital Literacies, Media Production, and Schooling - Lilia Efimova/Jonathan Grudin: Crossing Boundaries: Digital Literacy in Enterprises - Julia Davies: Pay and Display: The Digital Literacies of Online Shoppers - Michele Knobel/Colin Lankshear: Digital Literacy and Participation in Online Social Networking Spaces - Colin Lankshear/Michele Knobel: Digital Literacy and the Law: Remixing Elements of Lawrence Lessig's Ideal of "Free Culture".