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Cultural Considerations in Technology-Enhanced Learning and Instruction

Cultural considerations in technology-enhanced learning and instruction refer to the various uses of culture in contexts that involve technology, learning, and instruction. They also represent a perspective used to describe learners in technological environments. This entry provides a historical sampling of key issues and topics covered in the research from 1970 to 2010.

The 1970s

In the 1970s, media technology was seen as a tool to be used by learners, with the content of these educational technologies assisting in developing and identifying learners’ culture (i.e., race, history, and heritage). Learners engaged in the consumption of information through the technology and were seen as consumers rather than producers of educational technologies. This can be seen in programmed materials (i.e., 8mm film, record players, filmstrips, slides), educational television, and ...

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