ERIC Number: EJ827743
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Youth Voices: Connections between History, Enacted Culture and Identity in a Digital Divide Initiative
DeGennaro, Donna; Brown, Tiffany L.
Cultural Studies of Science Education, v4 n1 p13-39 Mar 2009
The design of educational experiences is often mediated by historical, institutional, and social conceptions. Although these influences can initially shape the way that educational opportunities are created and implemented, this preliminary form has the potential to reorganize. In this paper, we illustrate how history shows its presence in the ways that instructors systematically arrange a technology course for urban youth. This original approach to the course inhibits youth participation. Incrementally, however, the cultural enactments of instructors and students lead to a reorganization of activity. Through highlighting history and examining the intersection of culture, we provide insight into the ways in which adolescents of color become successfully engaged in learning technology. We focus our study by asking how co-existence and the dialectic of structure and agency play a role as youth develop an identity as a technology user. Further, this emergent learning design affords outsiders a unique view of the educational and contextual experiences of these youth. Our illustration of how history, enacted culture and identity mediate the emergent learning design stems from a grounded theory approach to analyzing video, interview and artifact data in this after-school technology course.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Adolescents, Educational Opportunities, Educational Experience, Urban Youth, Special Programs, After School Programs, Computer Science Education, Instructional Design, Context Effect, African American Students, Learner Engagement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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