Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Lonka, Kirsti
Organisation HY
Project title
Mind the Gap between digital natives and educational practices
Decision No. 265528
Decision date 13.12.2012
Funding period 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2016
Funding 972 111
WebFOCUS Report
Project description
We integrated educational, psycho-social, developmental, and neuroscientific investigations to examine the development of minds of so called “digital natives” or "millenials" who have all their life have been socialized to use information and communication technologies (ICTs). This was needed because there appeared a gap between the minds of youth and the educational practices of previous generations. We collected extensive longitudinal data base of youth and their teachers in to look at the developmental trajectories of this population. We developed new openings and innovating future learning environments to meet the needs of our students. This called understanding the development and well-being of youth by using a multi-method longitudinal design. The results have been reported internationally and nationally. They have already been put in use in textbooks, reports, and teacher education.