How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

The team at the Pew Internet and American Life Project have issued a new report titled How Teens Do Research in the Digital World. The study is based on a survey of more than 2,000 middle and high school teachers drawn from the Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) communities; and a series of online and offline focus groups with middle and high school teachers and some of their students. There are some really interesting findings in this report.

“Three-quarters of AP and NWP teachers say that the internet and digital search tools have had a “mostly positive” impact on their students’ research habits, but 87% say these technologies are creating an “easily distracted generation with short attention spans” and 64% say today’s digital technologies “do more to distract students than to help them academically.” “