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Mindful Online Behavior: Finding Shelter From the Storm

Bowler, Leanne (2013) Mindful Online Behavior: Finding Shelter From the Storm. In: HASTAC: The Decennial: The Storm of Progress: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes, 25 April 2013 - 28 April 2013, Toronto, Canada.

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The storm of progress may be inevitable but this presentation suggests that within the storm, pockets of calm can be found. Paying attention to one’s own thinking is a critical information practice that is particularly helpful in the open-ended, read-write environment of new media. To act in responsible, creative, and meaningful ways in such environments requires the kind of self-knowledge that comes from focused, controlled, and reflective thinking. The metaphor of the storm is a useful way to describe the thought processes of many young people as they learn to navigate new media. But given the opportunity, young people are capable of thinking about their own thinking in the context of online behavior, and often do so in creative and unique ways. The poster presents research that has investigated mindful – or metacognitive - online behavior with teens. Using ethnographic and visual research methods, the studies have revealed the metacognitive knowledge, beliefs, and practices that young people invoke in order to navigate the complex social and information worlds of new media. Nevertheless (and perhaps not surprising) there is evidence of developmental differences in levels of self-awareness and self-perception of thinking processes. The presentation relates to the conference theme, The Storm of Progress, because it explores and imagines creative information practices.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Status: Published
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Bowler, Leannelbowler@pitt.eduLBOWLER
Date: 26 April 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: HASTAC: The Decennial: The Storm of Progress: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes
Event Dates: 25 April 2013 - 28 April 2013
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, behavior, metacognitive, practices, mindfulness
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Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2013 19:45
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:03


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