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Digital Learning in the Wild: Re-Imagining New Ruralism, Digital Equity, and Deficit Discourses through the Thirdspace

Abstract Digital media is becoming increasingly important to learning in today’s changing times. At the same time, digital technologies and related digital skills are unevenly distributed. Further, deficit-based notions of this digital divide define the public’s educational paradigm. Against this backdrop, I forayed into the social reality of one rural Americana to examine digital learning in the wild. The larger purpose of this dissertation was to spatialize understandings of rural life and pervasive social ills therein, in order to rethink digital equity, such that we dismantle deficit thinking, problematize new ruralism, and re-imagine more just rural geographies. Under a Thirdspace understanding of space as dynamic, relational, and agentive (Soj... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Cirell, Anna Montana (Author) / Gee, Elisabeth R. (Advisor) / Gee, James (Committee member) / Beardsley, Audrey (Committee member) / Carlson, David L (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Education
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 340 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Learning, Literacies and Technologies 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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