Promoting multicultural education in the primary classroom: Broadband videoconferencing facilities and digital video

Allen Thurston

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    The aim of this study was to explore the impact of interaction (through gathering local field data and engaging in remote reciprocal presentations) on aspects of multicultural awareness. Sixty-six 11–12-year-old Scottish primary school pupils collected data in the field from their local community through questionnaires, interviews, direct observation, digital images and video. From this they distilled a multimedia presentation, delivered by videoconference to a partner school in the USA, who reciprocated. There was some evidence of pre-post project gains in the complexity of the children’s perceptions of their community environment, the ethnicity of their community, their own ethnicity, and news images. The children’s use of language to define ethnicity also became more complex and their attitudes toward ethnic minorities became more inclusive. The implications for practice, policy and future research were explored.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)165-177
    Number of pages13
    JournalComputers & Education
    Volume43
    Issue number1-2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

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