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Software Literacy as a Vital Digital Literacy in a Software-Saturated World

Software Literacy as a Vital Digital Literacy in a Software-Saturated World
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Author(s): Craig Hight (University of Newcastle, Australia) and Elaine Khoo (The University of Waikato, New Zealand)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 14
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3479-3.ch113

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Abstract

Software mediates almost every aspect of everyday life. None of these tools are ‘neutral'. They embody social and cultural assumptions about their use and all have particular values embedded in their interfaces and affordances. This article proposes the notion of ‘software literacy' to highlight a neglected aspect of digital literacies, and a key means of conceptualising the skills and understandings needed for people to be critical and creative users of software in today's software saturated culture. This contribution argues for the relevancy of software literacy as deeply intertwined with people's engagement with software and how it influences the way people come to understand, represent, generate, and critique knowledge.

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