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An exploration of what happens when second and third graders in two countries interact through a technology enhanced multicultural collaboration
by Richards, Brenda Eklund, Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2010, 149; 3434964
Abstract (Summary)

This study used qualitative methodology to document what happened when two groups of children - a second grade class in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A. and a third grade class in Amman, Jordan - collaborated on a technology enhanced cultural exchange. Key aspects of this project included dialogic collaboration based upon Short’s (2003) model of cultural self-reflection and cross-cultural exchange. In addition, literature and language arts engagements were used as tools for sparking interest and sharing. Findings suggest that such collaborations not only increase student skills in content areas such as reading, writing, social studies, and technology but also help to foster children’s understandings of the their own cultures and spark interests in other cultures.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Swick, Kevin, Powers-Costello, Beth
Commitee: Long, Susi, Wissick, Cheryl
School: University of South Carolina
Department: Early Childhood Education
School Location: United States -- South Carolina
Source: DAI-A 72/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Multicultural Education, Early childhood education, Educational technology
Keywords: Cross-cultural, Global collaboration, Intercultural citizenship, Technology, Technology-enhanced collaboration
Publication Number: 3434964
ISBN: 978-1-124-42719-5
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