Mobile Learning Communities: Creating New Educational Futures

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Mobile Learning Communities explores the diverse ways traveling groups experience learning "on the run." This book provides empirical evidence that draws on the authors' 17 years of continuing research with international occupational Travelers, engaging with workplace learning, globalization, multiliteracies, and emerging technologies which impinge on the ways mobile groups make sense of themselves as learning communities. Dealing with an issue of increasing global significance, this book challenges the simplistic and stereotypical images of traveling groups still found in mainstream media and popular culture.

Mobile Learning Communities brings mobilities and learning communities into a single, comprehensive focus. This text will appeal to scholars in distance education and educational technology, and to researchers in education, cultural studies, and sociology. It will also be of interest to educational instructors, policy-makers, administrators, teacher educators, and pre-service teachers. It tells a vivid story of the experience of mobility through the words of the mobile learners themselves, but also critiques existing notions of learning and suggests ways of creating new educational futures for all learners and educators.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415991582
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Alan Danaher (BEd, BA, BA(Hons), GradDipTertiaryEd, MLitt, PhD) is Associate Professor in Education (Education Research) at the Toowoomba campus of the University of Southern Queensland, Australia.

Beverley Moriarty (DipTeach, BEd, MEd, PhD, AMusA) is Senior Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education at the Dubbo campus of Charles Sturt University, Australia.

Geoff Danaher (BA(Hons), DipEd, PhD) is a Lecturer in Learning Support and the Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies program in the Division of Teaching and Learning Services at the Rockhampton campus of Central Queensland University, Australia.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

List of Acronyms xiii

Introduction: Mobile Learning Communities 1

1 Networks and Partnerships 19

2 Lifelong Learning: From the Cradle to the Grave 39

3 Technologies and Their Users 57

4 Globalization and Interactions with the Outside World 75

5 The Knowledge Economy and Workplace Learning 87

6 Multiliteracies and Meaning-Making 107

7 Communities at Risk: Building Capacities for Sustainability 127

8 Marginalization and Transformation 147

Conclusion: Creating New Educational Futures 171

Glossary of Terms 185

References 189

Index 203

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