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ERIC Number: ED358837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Pages: 36
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Interscholastic Correspondence Exchanges in Celestin Freinet's Modern School Movement: Implications for Computer-Mediated Intercultural Learning Networks.
Sayers, Dennis
Although the work of Celestin Freinet has exerted considerable influence on European education, it remains largely unknown to English-speaking educators. The Modern School Movement (MSM), which Freinet founded in 1926, is worldwide in scope, and has affiliated organizations in 13 countries with correspondent groups in more than 20 nations. The MSM is the largest student learning network ever to have used educational technologies as a central aspect of its day-to-day functioning. Published literature on the practice of the MSM offers a multifaceted, critical perspective on six decades of technology-mediated intercultural learning networks that can serve as a rich source for educators. The history of the MSM is traced, emphasizing developments that have led to the correspondence exchanges of matching classes and partner classes among schools. The MSM encourages individual correspondence between students, as well as collective exchanges of cultural packages, letters, and audiovisual presentations. This paper discusses teacher development, the use of classroom technology, and organizational structure and issues. Also reviewed are implications for educational research and practice in a cross-cultural context. (Contains 63 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France