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Learners, teachers and curriculum: aspects of e-learning

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The outstanding British sociologist Anthony Giddens predicted e-learning environments by describing “modernity”. Giddens emphasised that modernity is inherently globalising, it creates ‘disembedded’ social relations and “tears space away from place by fostering relations between ‘absent’ others, locationally distant”. The aim of the paper is to analyse and discuss how different positions in e-learning settings result in different answers to modernity. These settings can be applied to either teacher, learner or curriculum positions. The research was based on a qualitative longitudinal case study of virtual e-learning, interviews with teachers and 10 learner participants in a virtual classroom setting, and
discourse analysis of curriculum developed for the particular e-learning course
The research has taken place in the context of a study of e-learning and virtual teaching of Danish as a Second language for adults. The research results indicate that teachers seem to compensate by trying to create virtual communities of learning. Learners, however, experience disembedded relations. Conversely, curriculum development, on tends to ‘exploit’ the conditions of disembedding social relations in e-learning
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication28th Annual Seminar - ISTE 2008
Number of pages6
Publication year2008
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventAnnual Seminar of International Society of Teacher Education - Armidale, Australia
Duration: 29 Apr 20082 May 2008
Conference number: 28


ConferenceAnnual Seminar of International Society of Teacher Education

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