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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

Prakken Publications
ED021302
$2.95Author(s): Kristen Purcell, Lee Rainie

Three-quarters of AP and NWP teachers say that the Internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on students’ research habits, but 87% say these technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans” and 64% say today’s digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically.” These complex and at times contradictory judgments emerge from (1) an online survey of more than 2,000 middle and high How Teens Do Research in the Digital World By Kristen Purcell , Lee Rainie, Alan Heaps, Judy Buchanan , Linda Friedrich , Amanda Jacklin , Clara Chen, and Kathryn Zickuhr From the Pew Research Center Kristen Purcell is associate director of research and Lee Rainie is director, Pew Internet Project; Alan Heaps is vice president, The College Board; Judy Buchanan is deputy director and Linda Friedrich is director of research and finance, National Writing Project; Amanda Jacklin is director and Clara Chen is coordinator, Program Strategy Management, AP and College Readiness, The College Board; and Kathryn Zichuhr is research specialist, Pew Internet Project. Condensed, with permission, from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, November 1, 2012. www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Student-Research.aspx, accessed November 14, 2012. school teachers drawn from the Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) communities; and (2) online and offline focus groups with middle and high school teachers and some of their students.

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