Methodological approach

The foreseen method is based on questionnaires, complemented by interviews with young people, selected from their answers to the questionnaires. This technique is already used within the implicated research teams, with an experience of more than ten years in the field of media education and surveys about youth and media.

The questions are in general indirect, avoiding revealing the young person’s intimacy or making him feel too deeply involved, but giving information about “what a young people like him do”. Cross-questions make it possible to test the reliability of the answers.

The purposes of the interviews that will follow are to check the answers given to the questions and to identify the types of reasoning held by the young people. This method was successfully applied in research about the young people’s uses and Internet knowledge and representations.

Some existing publications using this method are :

1. Rivoltella, Pier Cesare, I ragazzi del web, I preadolescenti e Internet : una ricerca, Milan, Vita e Pensiero, coll. Ricerche, 2001.

2. Bevort, E., Bréda, I., Les jeunes et Internet. Représentations, usages et appropriations, Paris, Clemi, 2001.

3. De Smedt, T., Romain, L., Internet et les jeunes, Bruxelles, Media Animation, 2002.

4. Hansen, F., Rasmussen, J., Martensen, A. et Tufte, B., Children – Consumption, Advertising and Media, Frederiksberg, Samfundlitteratur, 2002.

See also, from Canada, the “twin” survey of the European one :

  • Pons, Ph.D. et Jacques Piette, Ph.D, Département des lettres et communications, Université de Sherbrooke ; Luc Giroux, Ph.D. et Florence Millerand, Ma., Département de communication , Université de Montréal,
    Les jeunes Québécois et Internet (représentation, utilisation et appropriation),
    Synthèse du rapport final remis au Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, Gouvernement du Québec, mars 1999.
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