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Digital Literacy

Digital Literacy
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Author(s): Anirban Ray (UNC Wilmington, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 10
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2255-3.ch193


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The essay provides a comprehensive overview of digital literacy, looking at the theoretical and ideological construct of the term from functional and critical perspectives. Digital literacy as a heterogeneous concept, its scope and application is claimed by diverse stakeholder disciplines such as education, communication studies, English, media studies, library information studies and computing. The essay underlines the complementary notions of digital literacy couched in both “conceptual” as well as “standardized operational” definitions (Lankshear & Knobel 2008) and sheds light on the shifting implications of global digital literacy. From this perspective, it scans the global landscape to understand the diffusion of digital literacy and to show how the concept is tackled within a disparate contexts of use. The essay also highlights contemporary issues associated with the spread of digital literacy, including challenges of cross-cultural digital literacy and digital divide.

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