Very little research is done on themes such as community and ‗globalised‘ knowledge, which are left to philosophical or political discussion (Anders, 1956). Society knowledge is often described in terms of the ICT devices that allow it to exist. This study focuses on 3 crucial themes and their relevance in the digital divide which occurs between generations: democracy and participation, role of work and labour, use and impact of ICT in society. A Long Life Learning program was run with an intergenerational approach, bringing together seniors (age >56 yrs.), and juniors (age 18-25 yrs.). A pilot test was run with 35 participants from different EU countries, divided in two focus groups (20≤55yrs. and >56yrs.). The research design allowed seniors and juniors to meet separately, for exploring themes. When they met in a final session, they compared findings on each theme. A blog was created to share methodology, partial findings related to different age groups, and final results of the intergenerational session. A researcher played the role of ‗activator‘ in the first part of each focus, bringing texts or movies or games, to start a common understanding of task and to warm up the group: thus satisfying the quest for ‗education‘ on democracy and ICT, which emerged in the pilot study. Democracy implied dialogue, respect of minorities and free information for both groups. Participation meant responsibility and awareness and it was linked to sense of belonging to a local community. Age groups differed on the implications of ICT, being the seniors more sceptical, but both were aware that political and ideological issues need to be at the centre of training and education, when it comes to the use of technology in society. Moreover, speed of technology can mean superficiality, partiality and emotional responses: reflection and in-depth experience can only come from non-virtual settings of encounters between generations.
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Autori:||Mineo, Roberta; Hofstede, Ad|
|Titolo:||Democracy and community at stake when it comes to ICT|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Abstract in Atti di Convegno|
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