Using social network sites and mobile technology to scaffold equity of access to cultural resources

John Cook, Norbert Pachler and Ben Bachmair


Using social media and personally-owned mobile devices as a means of providing a bridge from media use in everyday life to the expectations of school and higher education potentially has enormous attraction. This chapter discusses access to ‘cultural resources’ facilitated by digital media from a wide perspective (e.g. learning resources, health information, cultural events, employment opportunities, etc.). The purpose of the chapter is to reclaim the notion of ‘cultural resources’ for educational discourse as it seems powerful to us in the context of discussions about social mobility ...

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