Title

Pedagogy of Authenticity: Impact of Online Communication Tools on Cultural Perceptions

Date

5-30-2013 5:00 PM

Location

Education (ED) 217

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Carmen Caceda

Session Chair

Ken Carano

Session Chair

Alicia Wenzel

Session Title

Department of Teacher Education Student Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ken Carano

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

This project connects pre-service social studies teachers with an advanced English Language class in Gaza, Palestine, via the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) application, Skype. This study examines the Skype exchanges, within the context of cultural representation in mainstream media and curriculum. Analysis includes an assessment of the impact on cultural perceptions, and recommendations on how online communication tools can enhance cultural representation in K-12 instruction. Initial results suggest that providing avenues for people to people connections can enhance cultural awareness through humanizing the content, and context, in addition to allowing avenues for a broader, more authentic narrative.

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May 30th, 5:00 PM

Pedagogy of Authenticity: Impact of Online Communication Tools on Cultural Perceptions

Education (ED) 217

This project connects pre-service social studies teachers with an advanced English Language class in Gaza, Palestine, via the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) application, Skype. This study examines the Skype exchanges, within the context of cultural representation in mainstream media and curriculum. Analysis includes an assessment of the impact on cultural perceptions, and recommendations on how online communication tools can enhance cultural representation in K-12 instruction. Initial results suggest that providing avenues for people to people connections can enhance cultural awareness through humanizing the content, and context, in addition to allowing avenues for a broader, more authentic narrative.