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Young Learners: Communication and Digital Tools
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. Stockholms universitet.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of English.
2015 (English)In: Contemporary Approaches to Activity Theory: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Behavior / [ed] Thomas Hansson, Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global, 2015, 19-37 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter describes a project aiming at investigating Swedish and Russian 12-year-old learners’ use ofICT. They communicate in English on three shared blogs. Their exchanges and contributions are analyzed with a focus on mediating tools, modes of communication and motives for collaboration. Ongoing activities are studied through classroom observations, interviews and a research circle. Results show that ICT plays a vital role as a mediating tool and a motive for collaboration. Results indicate that Russian and Swedish learners manage to interact in authentic communication in English with the help of digital tools. Opportunities to explore a variety of digital tools resulted in new forms of representation. International collaboration through ICT indicates that conflicting issues and developmental opportunities may challenge the current education system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Hershey PA, USA: IGI Global, 2015. 19-37 p.
, Advances in Human and Social Aspects of Technology, ISSN 2328-1316
Keyword [en]
ICT, English as Lingua Franca, Participatory Action Research
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Specific Languages Didactics
Research subject
Curriculum Studies; English
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248703ISBN: 978-1-4666-6603-0ISBN: 978-1-4666-6603-7ISBN: 978-1-4666-6603-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248703DiVA: diva2:800787
Available from: 2015-04-07 Created: 2015-04-07 Last updated: 2015-04-07

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