It is our position that teachers will have a key role in preparing future citizens to be ‘e-functional’. Being 'e-functional' entails many areas of competences, apart from digital and linguistic skills, not least of which are the ability to employ multiple literacies in order to work and communicate in multilingual and multimodal contexts. Even as students become increasingly more adept at the use of technology, schools must help them couple these digital capacities with the type of knowledge construction that they will need in an interconnected world in order to ‘e-function’ effectively.
Taking an action research approach, this project proposes specific measures for improving primary and middle-school students’ communicative and academic skills in order to better ensure their responsible participation in our knowledge society. This study designs and implements international, telecollaborative projects that present communicative and cognitive challenges to the students in order to pinpoint the necessary skills for participating effectively in a network-based learning environment. Due to the international partnerships between classrooms, students will develop other proficiencies such as English as a Lingua Franca and intercultural communicative competences. Naturalistic data is recorded, compiled and transcribed from these implementations in order to analyse, evaluate and expand on them. Results from the analysis will serve for an educational reference model that can be used in teacher education and other learning contexts. The study also aims to contribute to the growing scientific interest in the analysis of computer-mediated interactions for knowledge construction.
Sponsor: Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad: Proyectos I+D del Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia
Research leader:Dr Melinda Dooly
Participating universities:Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Universidad de León, Mälmo University; Universidad de León (ES); Randall Sadler, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign; Shannon Sauro, Mälmo University (SW), University of Groningen, Portland State University, University of South Australia, Conicet.
Research team: Melinda Dooly, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Francesca Helm; Universitat Degli Estudis di Padova (IT); Numa Markee, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (USA; Dolors Masats, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Emilee Moore, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; Artur Noguerol, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Luci Nussbaum, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona; Robert O'Dowd, Universidad de León (ES); Randall Sadler, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign; Shannon Sauro, Mälmo University (SW), Steven Thorne, University of Groningen (NL) & Portland State University; Enza Tudini, University of South Australia (AUS); Amparo Tusón, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ES); Virginia Unamuno, Conicet (AR). Pre-doctoral research assistants: Nathaly González Acevedo, (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); Jelena Marjanovic (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona); Saliha Özcan, (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona).