CALL FOR PAPERS Issue Topic: Digital youth and their ways of learning

Studia Paedagogica, Ola Erstad, Jiří Zounek
The journal Studia Paedagogica is indexed in SCOPUS. The forthcoming monothematic issue of Studia Paedagogica will focus on the opportunities and challenges of digital technology and youth learning in various contexts and learning environments. In relation to education, this theme can be perceived from many different perspectives and treated using many theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches. Hence, this monothematic issue of Studia Paedagogica welcomes contributions from various
more » ... elds of pedagogical research along with contributions from a multidisciplinary perspective, even though it will focus primarily on the following theoretical areas: 1) Youth in the era of digital technology Young people today have grown up in an environment in which digital technology is commonly accessible and practically all-pervasive. Digital technology is one of the essentials of everyday life for today's youth. In fact, some researchers describe young people today as "digital youth" (Ito, 2010) and contemporary learners as "learners in the digital era" (Gallardo Echenique, 2015). In relation to the use of digital technology, other researchers write of changes represented by new literacies (Knobel & Lankshear, 2014). One example of this new understanding of literacy is so-called digital literacy. This term refers not only to the ability to master various technologies, but perhaps more precisely to a broad range of skills necessary for gaining, analysing, and evaluating sources and information, construction of new knowledge, creation of media messages/products and communication with others. Nonetheless, many aspects of the lives of young people in today's digital age have not been given due theoretical attention nor empirical examination. Therefore, we are interested not only in how young people understand digital technology and use it in various life situations (Erstad, 2012), but also in what it means to be digitally literate. We also think that it is necessary to consider how these new (digital) literacies are created (or formed), whether they are transferable, and if they can be applied across a range of various environments and contexts, and in young people's everyday activities.