Teaching culture as social constructivism

Cat Kutay, Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Lynette Riley, Janet Mooney

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Teaching complex learning domains such as cultural awareness relies on individual perspectives. In this paper we present the process and technology to develop an online system to share multiple experiences of Aboriginal Culture in NSW, Australia within a social-constructivist framework. 

The focus of the material is the Kinship system used for thousands of years in this region. This topic exemplifies the knowledge used to maintain societies and provides the setting for social conflict with the non-Aboriginal people who came here in recent history. 

We are using stories from the community to augment the learning material. Using innovative web services, teachers can select the stories that are relevant to their course, and link these within a range of scenarios being developed. The scenarios enable students to select the way they relate to the characters, listen to their stories, and become aware of their own role in the community.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2012 - 11th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Advances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2012 - Sinaia, Romania
Duration: 2 Sept 20124 Sept 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7558 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Advances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2012


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