Harvard University,  FAS
Spring 1999

Learning and Teaching Courses: T533

*Culture, Cognition and Technology

Jan Hawkins

Half course, spring, Monday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m

Culture, Cognition and Technology will explore theoretical and practical dimensions of designing and using new approaches and materials for teaching and learning within and across cultures. The course is designed as an experiment in collaborative teaching and learning; it will be co-taught with John Bransford and Xiaodong Lin who will be working with a parallel seminar at Vanderbilt University. We will explore various approaches to teaching and learning informed by cognitive research, cultural theories, different philosophical perspectives, and the new technologies. The work will be anchored by exploration of cases in which technology-enhanced materials are used in different settings and cultures. We will investigate how video, multimedia, and internet technologies can be used to enhance design and communication in support of effective education for both students and teachers. We will integrate these perspectives to begin formulating new approaches to interdisciplinary learning and instructional principles that will explain the relationships among cultural experiences, cognition, and uses of technology. We will also be learning about how the various technologies can be most effectively designed, used, and refined by reflecting on our experiences in this experimental course itself. The course will have limited enrollment.

For more Information please contact: Jan Hawkins
URL: http://www.courses.fas.harvard.edu/~gset533

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