Netta Iivari, Sumita Sharma, Leena Ventä-Olkkonen, Digital transformation of everyday life – How COVID-19 pandemic transformed the basic education of the young generation and why information management research should care?, International Journal of Information Management, Volume 55, 2020, 102183, ISSN 0268-4012, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2020.102183
Digital transformation of everyday life : how COVID-19 pandemic transformed the basic education of the young generation and why information management research should care?
|Author:||Iivari, Netta1; Sharma, Sumita1; Ventä-Olkkonen, Leena1|
1INTERACT research unit, University of Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020112392381
|Publish Date:|| 2020-11-23
Children of today have been surrounded by digital technology since their birth. However, children of today are not equally equipped for their technology rich future: various kinds of digital divides still prevail in the society and affect the young generation and their digital futures. Schools and education of children should undergo an extensive digital transformation to be able to meet the needs of the young generation and their digitalized future. The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly and abruptly forced schools and education indeed to engage in such a transformation. In this study we examine the digital transformation initiated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the basic education of the young generation, the variety of digital divides emerging and reinforced, and the possible barriers reported along the way. We argue that information management research should better acknowledge children, their digitalized everyday life and their basic education as significant areas of concern. We should understand them as well as allow them to shape the education we offer in the context of higher education, but we should also aim at influencing the basic education of the young generation — for the purpose of equipping them with important skills and competencies for their digital futures but also for the purpose of arousing their interest in this important field, maybe even as a career option.
International journal of information management
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A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
113 Computer and information sciences
We wish to thank the informants for sharing their valuable insights with us. This study was funded by Academy of Finland (Grant #324685, Make-a-Difference project).
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
324685 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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