Participatory perspectives for the low skilled and the low educated: how can media literacy influence the social and economic participation of the low skilled and the low educated?


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Author: Moekotte, Paulo; Brand-Gruwel, Saskia; Ritzen, Henk


Research indicates that the proliferation of social media has widened a participation gap, also known as the digital divide, which affects mainly the low skilled and the low educated, because they are not media literate enough to use digital information in an effective, helpful and strategic way. [It is assumed] that social media use contributes to employability and sociality and media literacy complements a basic set of skills. [For] the low skilled and low educated who lack media literacy, [this] contributes to their precarious situation and increases a participation gap. In [this]...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Literacy; Technology; Disadvantaged; Employment; Skills and knowledge; Participation; Providers of education and training

Keywords: Technological literacy; Social media; Basic skill; Skill needs; Educationally disadvantaged; Socially disadvantaged; Low skilled worker; Employability; Job searching; Social participation; Labour force participation; Institutional role

Published: Linkoping, Sweden: European Society for Research on the Education of Adults, 2017

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Journal volume: 8

Journal number: 1

Journal date: 2017

Pages: pp. 103-125

ISSN: 2000-7426

Resource type: Article

Peer reviewed: Yes

Document number: TD/TNC 128.159

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