New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 3)

A learning environment for the 21st century should mix methods, and practices from the worlds of formal and informal education. It should be participatory, democratic, open, dialogic, multicultural, interactive, networked, dynamic, collaborative, descentralized, student-centered, immersive, and contextual. This learning environment requires an innovative pedagogy that fosters applying constructivism, multimodality, project-, process-, and inquiry-based learning, critical […]

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New Literacies and the Need for Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Environments (part 2)

Technical and Mindset Shifts Across several books and articles, Lankshear and Knobel have conceptualized the new literacies as social practices that have “new technical stuff” and “new ethos stuff.” On the one hand, the “new technical stuff” is related to the new kind of expressive media tools that are available to people such as personal […]

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Understanding Immigrants Assimilation: Classic and Alternative Theories

Researchers, politicians, and the general public have used the concept of assimilation to describe the processes of incorporation of foreign immigrants to a host society. That is, the process in which foreign ethnicities and races negotiate and adapt to a new social environment. This concept, however, is contested. Due to particular historical contexts and the […]

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