A1 Journal article (refereed)
Lessons learned on student engagement from the nature of pervasive socio‐digital interests and related network participation of adolescents (2021)

Kruskopf, M., Hakkarainen, K., Li, S., & Lonka, K. (2021). Lessons learned on student engagement from the nature of pervasive socio‐digital interests and related network participation of adolescents. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 37(2), 521-541. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12506

JYU authors or editors

Publication details

All authors or editors: Kruskopf, Milla; Hakkarainen, Kai; Li, Shupin; Lonka, Kirsti

Journal or series: Journal of Computer Assisted Learning

ISSN: 0266-4909

eISSN: 1365-2729

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 37

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 521-541

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jcal.12506

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72648


The rise of modern socio‐digital technologies has fundamentally changed the everyday environments in which young people communicate with each other and cultivate interests. To gain a more sophisticated understanding of this phenomenon, this study provides in‐depth, qualitative insights into adolescents' experiences of their socio‐digital developmental ecologies. The 15 interview participants were recruited based on a previously conducted questionnaire. The semi‐structured theme interview addressed the socio‐digital aspects of the participants' interest‐driven behaviours and related networks with the aid of participant‐generated egocentric maps. The data not only qualitatively enrich the picture on adolescents' friendship‐ and interest‐driven socio‐digital participation but also provide new perspectives on the phenomena through the added network‐layer of analysis. The youth seem to vary in their motivational profiles related to their participation and the potential relevant psychological background factors for this variation are considered. Educational implications of these results are discussed when it comes to effective student engagement and connected learning.

Keywords: young people; digitalisation; technological development; learning; participation; social networks; ubiquitous network society

Free keywords: connected learning; digital engagement; egocentric networks; interest; pervasive technology; socio‐digital participation

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

Preliminary JUFO rating: 2

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