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Online and in the know? Public legal education, young people and the Internet

Denvir, Catrina (2016) Online and in the know? Public legal education, young people and the Internet. Computers & Education, 92-93 . pp. 204-220. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036013151530052X

DOI: 10.1016/j.compedu.2015.10.003


Over the last decade the Internet has played a growing role in the resolution strategies of many of those who face civil justice problems. Drawing on data from a novel experiment capturing the online information-seeking behaviours of 208 students, this paper explores how young people in England use the Internet when faced with a hypothetical civil justice problem relating to housing or employment law. The study finds that while the Internet holds potential as a Public Legal Education (PLE) tool, exposure to online legal information does not directly equate to improved knowledge of rights or knowledge of how to handle a civil justice problem. The Internet's utility in this respect, continues to be constrained by the quality of information provided and the public's capacity to use it and apply it in a meaningful way.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Country-specific developments, Applications in subject areas, Lifelong learning, Post-secondary education, Secondary education
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
ID Code:36176
Deposited By: Dr Catrina Denvir
Deposited On:01 Nov 2016 11:30
Last Modified:20 Feb 2018 10:16

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