Learning in Communities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Human Centered Information Technology / Edition 1

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Most learning takes place in communities. People continually learn through their participation with others in everyday activities. Such learning is important in contemporary society because formal education cannot prepare people for a world that changes rapidly and continually. We need to live in learning communities.

This volume gathers together all of the scholarly materials directly emanating from a workshop held in August 2005, when a multidisciplinary group of scholars met at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology to discuss ‘learning in communities’. Initially, a sectioned report on the workshop was published as a special section in the Journal of Community Informatics in 2006. Subsequently, a special issue of 5 full papers was published in the Journal of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work, and a special section of 2 full papers was published in the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning.

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"Learning in communities is for people involved in lifelong learning in all its manifestations: knowledge management, distributed learning, cognitive apprenticeship, communities of practice, or any of the other terms used in this diverse field. It is a book of wide scope, bringing together many viewpoints. … this book, in series of texts on human–computer interaction, is by academics for academics." (Alexa Campbell, Technical Communication, Vol. 56 (4), November, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848003316
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 1/2/2009
  • Series: Human-Computer Interaction Series
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John M. Carroll is Edward M. Frymoyer Chair Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include methods and theory in human-computer interaction, particularly as applied to networking tools for collaborative learning and problem solving, and design of interactive information systems. Carroll serves on several editorial and advisory boards and is Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interactions. He received the Rigo Award and the CHI Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Silver Core Award from International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), and the Goldsmith Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is a fellow of the ACM, the IEEE, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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Table of Contents

John M Carroll Section 1
Community Inquiry and Informatics: Collaborative Learning through ICT
Ann Peterson Bishop, Bertrum C Bruce and Cameron Jones
The Participant-Observer in Community-based Learning as Community Bard
John M Carroll
Learning in Communities: A Distributed Intelligence Perspective
Gerhard Fischer
Spiders in the Net: Universities as Facilitators of Community-based Learning
Gerhard Fischer, Markus Rohde and Volker Wulf
Designing Technology for Local Citizen Deliberation
Andrea Kavanaugh and Philip Isenhour
Supporting the Appropriation of ICT: End-User Development in Civil Societies
Volmar Pipek, Mary Beth Rosson, Gunnar Stevens and Volker Wulf
Developmental Learning Communities
Mary Beth Rosson and John M Carroll
Social Reproduction and its Applicability for Community Informatics
Lynette Kvasny
Communities, Learning and Democracy in the Digital Age
Lynette Kvasny, Nancy Kranich and Jorge Reina Schement
Radical Praxis and Civic Network Design
Murali Venkatesh and Jeffrey Owens Section 2
Local Groups Online: Political Learning and Participation
Andrea Kavanaugh, Than Than Zin, Mary Beth Rosson, John M Carroll, Joseph Schmitz and B Joon Kim
Community-based Learning: The core cometency of residential, research-based universities
Gerhard Fischer, Markus Rohde and Volker Wulf
Sustaining a community computing infrastructure for online teacher professional development: A case study of designing Tapped In
Umer Farooq, Patricia Schank, Alexandra Harris, Judith Fusco and Mark Schlager
Expert Recommender: Designing for a Network Organization
Tim Reichling, Michael Veith and Volker Wulf
Patterns as a Paradigm for theory in community based learning
John MCarroll and Umer Farooq
Infrastructures asInstitutions
Murali Venkatesh and Mawaki Chango
Supporting Community Emergency Management Planning through a Geo-collaboration Software Architecture
Wendy A Schafer, Craig H Ganoe and John M Carroll

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