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Growing in digital maturity: Students and their computers in an academic laptop programme in Singapore
One-to-one laptop computing
Net Generation
Students' engagement
Digital wisdom
Mobile pedagogy
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Towndrow, P. A., & Wan Fareed. (2015). Growing in digital maturity: Students and their computers in an academic laptop programme in Singapore. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 35(4), 438-452.
Using data collected through two focus group interviews with 14- to 16-year-olds involved in a one-to-one laptop academic programme in a Singapore secondary school, this paper shows some student disengagement and dissatisfaction in class, and this poses questions about the relevance of the school's laptop programme. Our findings illustrate low productivity in the students' use of their computers as they respond to their teachers' instructional agendas. Our work indicates research into one-to-one laptop learning needs to pay greater attention to the minds, motivations and hands of students as they embark on learning they do not fully understand or can control for themselves. We determine that educators and policy-makers need to know a lot more about how growth in students' digital maturity operates. In the final analysis, we understand and explain the students' views about how their learning experiences might be improved, and their behaviour (as a digital wisdom journey centred on learning) to be digitally mature.
This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Asia Pacific Journal of Education. The published version is available online at
0218-8791 (print)
1742-6855 (online)
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