Learning by Doing in the Digital Media Age

  • Lynde TanEmail author
  • Beaumie Kim
Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)


There is a general agreement that adolescents are not only using a wide range of digital media but also developing a new culture of learning as they use it. Drawing on two separate studies on adolescent digital literacy practices, this chapter expounds on the commonly cited term, learning by doing. We argue that learning by doing is integral to the adolescents’ school and everyday lives. The arguments put forward in this chapter are drawn from a social view of literacy to understand adolescents’ use of digital media in and out of school. Using an ethnographic perspective to researching adolescents’ literacy practices, this chapter provides illustrative ethnographic accounts of how learning by doing is enacted in adolescents’ school and out-of-school literacy practices. We hope that the ethnographic accounts are able to inform educators on the emerging culture of learning in adolescents’ digital literacy practices and open up new vistas for redesigning learning environments that are more relevant to adolescents’ lifeworlds in the digital media age.


Digital media Learning by doing Social theory of literacy Ethnographic perspective School literacy practices Out-of-school literacy practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of Western SydneyPenrithAustralia
  2. 2.Werklund School of EducationUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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