Flemish high school students' everyday use of communication technologies for schoolwork-related communication
Faculty of Social Sciences. Communication Sciences
Journal of children and media. - Colchester
, p. 367-383
University of Antwerp
By combining network data from a third grade in a Flemish high school (1415-year olds, N = 147) with interview data obtained from eighteen of the pupils, more insight is provided into high school students' everyday use of communication technologies (CT) for school-related communication. The study departs from an affordances of technology perspective, taking both technological characteristics of CT and social context factors into account for explaining CT use. Each technology provided a specific combination of affordances: SMS afforded information acquirement, and served as a communication hub; instant messaging afforded information acquirement, discussing groupwork and exchanging documents and E-mail afforded exchanging documents and discussing groupwork. The telephone was not frequently used for communication about school. The findings could not be explained by solely looking at technological characteristics: they needed to be interpreted (1) in the context of teens' overall use of CT and (2) by taking social context factors into account.