FUNDERSUniversity of Joensuu
Department of Computer Science and Statistics @ University of Joensuu
Academy of Finland
European Social Fund
TEKES - National Technology Agency of Finland
SIGCSE - ACM Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education
INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSAssa Abloy
Sordino Information Systems
CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & SUMMER SCHOOLS
PastIEEE 4th International Workshop on Technology for Education in Developing Countries, July 10 -12, 2006, Iringa, Tanzania
Malta International Summer School on Educational Technology in Cultural Context, June 20 - 25, 2005
Taiwan International Summer School on Educational Technology in Cultural Context, Taiwan, June 28 - July 3, 2005
International Conference on Educational Technology in Cultural Context, Taiwan, July 7, 2005
Mekrijärvi International Summer School on Educational Technology in Cultural Context, Finland, September 25 - 29, 2005
The prevailing Westernness of Computer Science is a major problem with the Computer Science education in many non-Western countries. The students not only face a new subject, but also a fundamentally different philosophy and problem solving methods.
Ethnocomputing challenges the prevailing way of thinking that in order to keep up with the West, other cultures have to adapt to Western ways of thinking. Relying on constructivist theories, our argument is that the universal theories of computing take different forms in different cultures, and that the European view on abstract ideas of computing is culturally bound, too.
Studying ethnocomputing - i.e. the computational ideas within a culture - may lead to new findings that can be used both in developing the Western view of Computer Science and in improving Computer Science education in foreign cultures.
Matti Tedre, firstname.lastname@example.org