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Towards a Pragmatic Model for Group-Based, Technology-Mediated, Project-Oriented Learning – An Overview of the B2C Model

  • John Lawlor
  • Claire Conneely
  • Brendan Tangney
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 73)

Abstract

The poor assimilation of ICT in formal education is firmly rooted in models of learning prevalent in the classroom which are largely teacher-led, individualistic and reproductive, with little connection between theory and practice and poor linkages across the curriculum. A new model of classroom practice is required to allow for creativity, peer-learning, thematic learning, collaboration and problem solving, i.e. the skills commonly deemed necessary for the knowledge-based society of the 21st century. This paper describes the B2C model for group-based, technology-mediated, project-oriented learning which, while being developed as part of an out of school programme, offers a pragmatic alternative to traditional classroom pedagogy.

Keywords

group-based learning Constructivism Constructionism computer outreach 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Lawlor
    • 1
  • Claire Conneely
    • 1
  • Brendan Tangney
    • 2
  1. 1.Suas Educational DevelopmentDublin 2Ireland
  2. 2.Centre for Research in IT in Education, School of Education & School of Computer Science & StatisticsTrinity College DublinDublin 2Ireland

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