Garden of Literacies: ICDT Contributing to the Construction of New Realities for Digitally-Excluded Senior Citizens

  • Ivan Ferrer Maia
  • José Armando Valente
Keywords: Literacies, Digital Literacy, Social Work, Social Web

Abstract

This paper shows how digitally-excluded senior citizens use information and communication technologies (ICT) for the construction of new literacies in the digital convergence culture. The concept of literacies is related to how ICT can be used to expand ways people express themselves through different communication channels. This study lasted three years and involved 16 adults aged between 60 to 78 years. The results showed that they were able to insert themselves into the digital culture with a more critical and creative attitude. Also, during this study it was possible to identify four types of literacies: automatic, functional, conscious and contextual.
Published
2011-06-11
How to Cite
Maia, I., & Valente, J. (2011). Garden of Literacies: ICDT Contributing to the Construction of New Realities for Digitally-Excluded Senior Citizens. The Journal of Community Informatics, 7(1-2). Retrieved from http://www.ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/673