ERIC Number: ED311872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
A Worldwide Intercultural Network: Exploring Electronic Messaging for Instruction. Interactive Technology Laboratory Report #8.
Cohen, Moshe; Miyake, Naomi
A worldwide international computer network, called the Intercultural Learning Network, has been developed to provide students from different cultures with opportunities to work cooperatively. Prototype activities have been developed and tested which facilitate and contextualize interactions among secondary and college students. Joint projects in language, science, and social studies are carried out using an overnight electronic network to coordinate parallel surveys and to exchange findings of joint research. Five important questions are addressed in this research: (1) Is the Intercultural Learning Network technically feasible? (2) Is it economically feasible? (3) Is it useful for instructional purposes? (4) What organizational structures are required? and (5) Can the system support multiple languages and cultures? Findings indicate that because of continuing technological advances, cross cultural activities have become economically and technically feasible. The level of technical expertise needed is reasonably accessible to any motivated teacher. The continuing costs involved are small enough to be covered as incidental expenses by many school budgets. The educational potential of the activities is promising. Some prototype activities have been developed to facilitate the initial interactions across cultures. Joint participation in such activities is a good way to encourage multilingualism and awareness of other cultures. Further research is being conducted to evaluate the long term effects of international networking on students' attitudes, knowledge, and cultural awareness. (12 references) (Author/GL)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Games, Computer Networks, Cooperative Learning, Cost Estimates, Feasibility Studies, Foreign Countries, High Schools, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Intercultural Communication, Language Skills, Science Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Simulation, Social Sciences
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Diego, La Jolla. Center for Human Information Processing.
Identifiers - Location: Israel; Japan; United States