Cyberspace as a space : analysis of metaphorical statements of university students

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ČERNÝ Michal

Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Problems of Education in the 21st century
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Faculty of Arts

Keywords cyberspace; didactic practices; information literacy; metaphors; pragmatismtacit; knowledge; on life
Description Over the last thirty years, technology has created a new space (cyberspace) where people meet each other, seek information, or simply try to navigate through. However, there is no consensus in research on the character of cyberspaces and the extent to which they are real. In the first systematic empirical research of this nature, the study found an answer to this question through a survey of metaphorical accounts of university students in Information Studies, and Librarianship (N=102) collected over three years (2019-2021). Cyberspace is a real space in students' experiences, language, and thought structures. A space that allows movement, orientation, and search to be related with one another. An environment in which cognition, learning, and knowledge are structuring activities. Learning and cognition in this space occur differently than in the physical environment, which poses a challenge for developing specific didactic practices and social programs for students. Students perceive cyberspace as linked to the need to acquire new epistemic tools to help them overcome the crisis of knowledge they experience through this space.
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