Research interest

21 October, 2005 at 00:14 3 comments

My current research interest is looking how oral tradition, enculturation, and the production of native/aboriginal art and artefacts contribute to the teaching and learning process of early societies and whether those methods can be replicated or emulated in modern virtual environments.

This model is one in which teaching and learning ‘conversations’ in the classroom, the living room, the board room and distributed virtual rooms can be combined, structured and evaluated. That these conversations occur in “primitive” or “modern” societies; on or off-line is irrelevant.


Entry filed under: Anthropology, Education, Pedagogy, Sociocybernetics, Sociology, Technology.

Sociocybernetics defined Smart Classrooms

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  • 1. Ben  |  21 October, 2005 at 20:20

    I would be highly interested to learn the results of your study. As a sixth grade teacher I introduce students to ancient European and African cultures, and then follow them to the present day to see how our own culture has evolved from the primitive (relatively speaking) to modern.

    Also having laptops available for every student allows them to experience the past in a virtual environment, which may or may not provide a disconnect with physical artifacts.

  • 2. figlab  |  22 October, 2005 at 03:27

    Hi Ben, I’ll be sure to post both major research milestones as well as random thoughts about where my research is heading. I appreciate the comment as the more people find my posts of interest, the more incentive I have to share my results.

    Out of curiosity, do you highlight specific areas of ‘culture’ to track over time or is it a more holistic view? Also, what types of ‘virtual environment’ resources do you make available to your students?

  • 3. Ben  |  23 October, 2005 at 19:17

    We have Encarta on our laptops, which includes several 3D tours of famous archaeological sites from the ancient world, including several Egyptian and Roman sites. I plan on using those to help the students explore what the sites might have looked like 3000+ years ago.

    I also has Google Earth installed on the computers, which means we’ll be able to observe sites from above and make observations and predictions based on the physical regions around sites or settlements, as well as how modern day contrivinces have altered or respected ancient sites.

    When you say “areas of culture” I’m surmising that would corrolate to the “elements of culture” we use form our text book, which covers Music, Education, Economy, Government, Food, Cothing, and Religion. I think we may just stick with those elements, and include a few others such as language and rituals.

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