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Title: When Ideas Learn How to Fly: Children at the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Settings
Authors: Weibert, Anne
Aal, Konstantin
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Weibert, A. & Aal, K. (2013). When Ideas Learn How to Fly: Children at the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Settings. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2 — Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demos & Community Events (pp. 377-378). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: With after-school initiatives on the rise and an increasingly standardized educational system, children's learning is influenced from two rather different ends. The children's learning processes are torn between the necessity to `function on demand' and perform well in school lessons, tests and educational surveys, and the need for playful exploration. This study of computer-related project work in an intercultural after-school initiative explores the interplay and interdependence of child learning in formal and informal contexts. Main findings indicate that a close link of both contexts can 1) support the learning effect, and 2) strengthen the after-school initiative's standing, 3) increase potential learner's motivation to participate in it, and 4) locally support cross-cultural understanding and respect.
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