Intercultural Dimensions in the Information Society: Reflections on Designing and Developing Culturally Oriented Learning

Intercultural Dimensions in the Information Society: Reflections on Designing and Developing Culturally Oriented Learning

Nektaria Palaiologou (University of Piraeus, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-166-7.ch016
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Abstract

Nowadays, it is a common ascertainment that information and communication technologies (ICTs) and networked learning are not easy to access for many people in non-Western societies and for those who belong in etho-cultural minority groups. As a result, one of the major drawbacks in networked learning programs is miscommunication amongst culturally-diverse participant users, which, to a great extent, is due to the lack of services that meet the needs of various socio-cultural groups of people. In addition, there is great need for multi-language Web sites (such as educational programmes, curricula, and software) in order to emphasise the importance of culture as a dimension which should be incorporated in modern ICT implementations. A literature review approach is followed so as to review statements and studies in the joint field of ICTs.
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