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The socio -cultural ramifications of technology -rich educational environments within the context of Iñupiat Eskimo learners in a remote Alaskan Arctic community: An exploratory case study


2005 2005

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Abstract (summary)

This is an ethnographic case study—conducted at a remote, resource-rich Inupiat Eskimo community in Arctic Alaska—that (a) examines the rapid development of technology-rich K–12 school environments in this community as part of broader socio-economic changes that have followed the relatively recent influx of abundant oil revenues into the regional economy; and (b) documents the impact of the Western product and process technologies embodied by these schools upon the socio-cultural consciousness of the native Inupiat students they seek to serve. This documentation involves conducting in-depth personal interviews, participant observations, and analysis of artifacts, with a view towards exploring how the meanings of technology use are being negotiated between Western teachers and administrators on the one hand, and Inupiat students on the other. The two distinct aspects to this negotiation that the study addresses include. (a) the attempts of the former to reconcile their practices with the values, standards, and expectations of Inupiat students; and (b) the efforts of the latter to culturally appropriate the non-indigenous technologies being made available to them.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Educational software;
Educational sociology;
Bilingual education;
Multicultural education
Classification
0710: Educational software
0340: Educational sociology
0282: Bilingual education
0282: Multicultural education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Alaskan; Arctic; Educational environments; Eskimo; Learners; Sociocultural; Technology-rich
Title
The socio -cultural ramifications of technology -rich educational environments within the context of Iñupiat Eskimo learners in a remote Alaskan Arctic community: An exploratory case study
Author
Subramony, Deepak Prem
Number of pages
202
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0093
Source
DAI-A 66/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542181122, 0542181126
Advisor
Schwen, Thomas M.
University/institution
Indiana University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3178481
ProQuest document ID
304987507
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304987507
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