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ERIC Number: ED551194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-2197-8646
Bringing Technology to Students' Proximity: A Sociocultural Account of Technology-Based Learning Projects
Mukama, Evode
Online Submission, International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) v1 n2 p125-142 2014
This paper depicts a study carried out in Rwanda concerning university students who participated in a contest to produce short documentary films. The purpose of this research is to conceptualize these kinds of technology-based learning projects (TBLPs) through a sociocultural perspective. The methodology included focus group discussions and field notes to collect empirical data. The findings reveal that the more educational technologies capture objects of learning positioned in the students' sociocultural proximity, the more focused learners' attention are on these objects. The study shows also that a change in learning projects may depend to a large extent on whether the technology relates to the students' sociocultural proximity, i.e. taking into consideration students' physical, cultural and contextual real world. The study recommends a community of learning/inquiry embedded in a collaborative, problem-solving dynamic involving cognitive support from peers, teachers, external specialists and the wider community.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rwanda