Friday, September 14, 2012

Web 2.0 and learning

Eteokleous, N. (2011). Developing youth's cultural and social skills through a social-virtual curriculum. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 5(3), 221-238. doi: 10.1108/17504971111166947

The Internet, particularly Web 2.0, is changing the face of educational and providing opportunities for students to learn in new ways. It has the potential to greatly enhance multicultural education. A study was conducted in six countries of a program that used Web 2.0 to teach social-virtual curriculum. The study administered a pre- and post-measurement quantitative survey that measured three factors of students’ appreciation of multiculturalism: Diversity of contact, Comfort with differences, and Relativistic approach. The study found that the use of Web 2.0 tools in the social-virtual curriculum increased students’ positive attitudes and perceptions towards others from different cultural backgrounds, and also helped increase their learning by engaging them in the learning process. The study recommends that educators integrate Web 2.0 tools into educational practice to enhance learning and social skills, rather than trying to resist using the tools (233).

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