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Remote Indigenous Communities

In many indigenous or ethnic minority settings, formal schooling is a recent phenomenon, and informal learning (also termed socialization, tacit learning, observational learning, learning through intent participation, or learning by observing and pitching in) was, and still is, the norm. In many such communities, with entrenched low school attendance and poor retention rates, a need exists not only to improve pedagogical practice but also to pay more attention to the process of learning that takes place beyond and outside school. In this entry, four domains of out-of-school learning in remote indigenous communities around the world are explored. In the first instance, the transmission of traditional indigenous knowledge systems and languages is examined; following this, the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on learning styles ...

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