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Bringing Technology to Students' Proximity: A Sociocultural Account of Technology-Based Learning Projects

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Mukama, Evode

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Abstract 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 the learners’ attention is 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, that is, 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.
Keywords Rwanda; student; female student; university; computer aided learning; educational technology; sociocultural factors; information technology; communication technology; cooperative learning
Classification University Education; Curriculum, Teaching, Didactics
Free Keywords Community of learning/inquiry; technology-based learning project; sociocultural proximity; ICT in education; knowledge construction
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 125-142
Journal International journal for research in vocational education and training, 1 (2014) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.13152/IJRVET.1.2.3
ISSN 2197-8646
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works