Technology, learning, and culture: issues of 'learning imperialism' in technology rich, global learning environments

Ian W. Gibson, Michelle Selinger

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    Abstract

    This paper explores issues of 'imperialism' accompanying the transmission of models of learning across cultural borders through the use of interactive technologies and international collaborations. It investigates assumptions behind the use of imported learning technologies, approaches, and modalities and considers the impact of exotic learning traditions on receiving cultures. Concerns regarding the impact of imported models of learning on culturally relevant learning traditions are considered. Issues raised consider cultural deterioration, cultural dilution, and educational progress. Techniques for reducing the impact of learning imperialism are discussed. The data providing the foundation for this discussion derive from experience in recent global collaborations and international projects. The paper concludes by emphasizing the need for individual and international collaboration for the development of culturally sensitive approaches to the universal goal of "Education for All".
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSociety for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference annual
    Subtitle of host publicationMarch 20-24, Orlando, Florida, USA
    EditorsCaroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber, Dee Anna Willis
    Place of PublicationChesapeake, VA
    PublisherAssociation for the Advancement of Computers in Education
    Pages1947-1954
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781880094587
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education. International Conference (17th : 2006) - Orlando, Florida
    Duration: 20 Mar 200624 Mar 2006

    Conference

    ConferenceSociety for Information Technology and Teacher Education. International Conference (17th : 2006)
    CityOrlando, Florida
    Period20/03/0624/03/06

    Keywords

    • collaboration
    • culture

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