By Howard Gardner, Katie Davis
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We chose to look at two bodies of work—student writing and student graphic productions—and discern how the work changed over this period. Our findings, detailed in our discussion of the imaginative powers of young people, revealed the importance of the particular medium of expression chosen by the young artists. So much for our methods: technical details are provided in the appendix. Another downside of most current discussions of young people is that they are lamentably anachronistic—that is, they lack careful attention to the various contexts within which a discussion of today’s young people needs to be considered.
In addition, we carried out forty interviews, many extending over two hours, with high school teachers who had worked with young people over at least two decades. Each focus group and interview was recorded, documented, and analyzed. Last, in what we believe is a unique line of research, we have compared the artistic productions of young people gathered over a twenty-year period using depositories of student work that had been accumulated continuously throughout the two decades. We chose to look at two bodies of work—student writing and student graphic productions—and discern how the work changed over this period.
They can also stimulate us to create a new application or even a new kind of application, thereby altering our environment so that it becomes app-enabling. ) In Mumford’s terms, the issue is whether we will control the technologies or whether the technologies will control us. In Ellul’s terms, will applications reinforce the move toward the all-encompassing technological worldview, or will they launch new forms of expression and understanding? In McLuhan’s terms, are the apps simply the newest medium, with its characteristic sensory ratio?
The App Generation by Howard Gardner, Katie Davis