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ERIC Number: EJ985566
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-497X
Dialogic Global Studies for Multicultural Technology Assessment
Durakovic, Emina; Feigl, Britta Marion; Fischer, Bettina Marion; Fleck, Christopher; Galler, Lisa-Maria; Heinrich, Johannes; Kulmer, Karin; Kurzweil, Birgitta; Scholze, Markus; Sperl, Raphael Stefan; Unterkofler, Rene; Remele, Kurt; Matzenberger, Julian; Ahamer, Gilbert
Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, v6 n4 p261-286 2012
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to show a practical case of dialogic web-based learning that has provided a set of questions analysing two complex technological projects in "southern" countries with effects on multicultural equity. Design/methodology/approach: Structured online review processes in multicultural and systems science curricula allow for high density of literature-based reflection and analysis. Findings: The entirety of the set of over 50 questions developed by the proposed web-based dialogic procedure represents a starting point for an in-depth assessment of the effects of deploying "northern" technology in "southern" countries. Research limitations/implications: The present case study concentrates on energy technology, notably on two hydroelectric plants presently under construction in Ilisu, Turkey, and Belo Monte, Brazil. Practical implications: The multitude of questions calls for complex technological construction projects that have to undertake sound interdisciplinary in-depth analysis of technological, environmental, economic, cultural and social consequences in order to secure a necessary level of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Social implications: Application of widely accepted planning tools such as technology assessment, environmental impact assessment and strategic environmental assessment are useful but have to be complemented by analogous tools at a cultural and social level. Originality/value: This case study operates through questioning, largely in the Socratic tradition. Questions may trigger a broad discussion process within civil societies: which is the intention of the present text. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Austria; Brazil; Turkey