When Ideas Learn How to Fly: Children at the Intersection of Formal and Informal Learning Settings

Anne Weibert, Konstantin Aal
2013 International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning  
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
more » ... ing 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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