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What is Culturally Mediated Constructivism

Encyclopedia of Information Communication Technologies and Adult Education Integration
The act of incorporating cultural norms and values in the development of technology.
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Perceived Neutrality of Technology and its Potential Impact: Recontextualizing Technology into Adult Learning Settings Using a Cultural Studies Approach
Jim Berger (Western Kentucky University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-906-0.ch049
This chapter seeks to define technology, explore various views of technology, including feminist and afro-centric perspectives, and to identify the cultural dimensions of technology and their impact on adults as learners. I explore the viewpoints of several philosophers and researchers in the field of science and technology studies and use these to show how technology is embedded with cultural values. I propose using a cultural studies model to define various ways to study technology and its impact on adult learners and draw from these to propose ways of examining technology and users, and a means of researching the many “moments of intersection” between technology, adult learners and facilitators.
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