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Title: Developing a Design Culture in a Computer Clubhouse: The Role of Local Practices and Mediators
Authors: Peppler, Kylie
Kafai, Yasmin
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Peppler, K. & Kafai, Y. (2008). Developing a Design Culture in a Computer Clubhouse: The Role of Local Practices and Mediators. In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volumes 2 (pp. 196-203). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper focuses on the development of a design culture in a Computer Clubhouse, a type of community technology center known for its emphasis on design and creative production. Drawing from theories of situated learning and cultural historical activity, we used a mixed methods approach to document, describe, and analyze local portfolio- building practices and the role of mediation that best supports more complex types of design- based technological fluencies. The study also explores aspects of the Clubhouse setting that mediated community members' participation in design activities and then discusses how these findings can be used in other after-school settings interested in implementing design cultures with racially and ethnically marginalized youth.
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