Actualizing Notions of Perspective Transformation Using Web 2.0: Student Views on What Works for Language and Culture Learning
Kelly Davidson Devall, Valdosta State University, United States
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia Volume 24, Number 4, ISSN 1055-8896 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
The framework of perspective transformation (Mezirow, 1994) provides a rich context for the conceptualization of technology use in language and culture learning. Although others have focused on the processes of becoming interculturally competent (Taylor, 1994) and changing language structures (Foster, 1997), more exploration of how technology aids the transformative process of learning about language and culture is needed. The centrality of collaboration and innovation in Web 2.0 applications highlights the necessity of considering this progression and how it can concretely inform the integration of these applications. This exploratory study investigates how a particular theoretical framework informed the implementation of Web 2.0 applications to explore issues of language and cultural identities in a beginning language classroom. A questionnaire completed at the end of the semester explored perceptions of the guided Web 2.0 endeavors as related to language and culture learning. Investigating student activity submissions and their perceptions of these applications led to concrete ideas for implementation of Web 2.0 resources, providing substantive feedback to inform future projects. Participants indicated increased interest and motivation in meaningful opportunities for language and culture learning. Meta-analysis indicated the framework of perspective transformation can be effective as a concrete method of implementing Web 2.0 applications for language and culture learning.
Davidson Devall, K. (2015). Actualizing Notions of Perspective Transformation Using Web 2.0: Student Views on What Works for Language and Culture Learning. Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, 24(4), 343-384. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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