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Technology, learning, and culture : issues of 'learning imperialism' in technology rich, global learning environments
Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education. International Conference (17th : 2006) (20 - 24 March 2006 : Orlando, Florida)
Crawford, Caroline; Carlsen, Roger; McFerrin, Karen; Price, Jerry; Weber, Roberta and Willis, Dee Anna. Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference annual : March 20-24, Orlando, Florida, USA, p.1947-1954
This paper explores issues of 'imperialism' accompanying the transmission of models of learning across cultural borders through the use of interactive technologies and international collaborations. It investigates assumptions behind the use of imported learning technologies, approaches, and modalities and considers the impact of exotic learning traditions on receiving cultures. Concerns regarding the impact of imported models of learning on culturally relevant learning traditions are considered. Issues raised consider cultural deterioration, cultural dilution, and educational progress. Techniques for reducing the impact of learning imperialism are discussed. The data providing the foundation for this discussion derive from experience in recent global collaborations and international projects. The paper concludes by emphasizing the need for individual and international collaboration for the development of culturally sensitive approaches to the universal goal of "Education for All".