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ERIC Number: EJ844029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Service of Multiculturalism
Hoter, Elaine; Shonfeld, Miri; Ganayim, Asmaa
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v10 n2 Apr 2009
This paper presents an online inter-group contact hypothesis (OICH) model, developed within the Israel education system, whereby online and distance learning (ODL) is used in the service of multiculturalism. The goal is to build bridges among secular and religious Arabs and Jews in Israel based on small multicultural groups and collaborative learning through effective use of the Internet and other cutting-edge information technologies. The model expands the contact hypothesis (which holds that under the right conditions contact could reduce bias between groups) to a model for online collaboration. It adds the gradual development of contact between the groups by progressing from individual asynchronous textual communication to individual synchronous audio communication combined with collaborative asynchronous communication to collaborative synchronous communication and finally to face-to-face communication. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel