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Locating computer clubs in multicultural neighborhoods

How collaborative project work fosters integration processes
 
: Schubert, K.; Weibert, A.; Wulf, V.

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International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 69 (2011), Nr.10, S.669-678
ISSN: 1071-5819
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Fraunhofer FIT ()

Abstract
Located in socially and culturally diverse neighborhoods, we have built a network of intercultural computer clubs, called come IN. These clubs offer a place to share practices among children and adults of diverse ethnical backgrounds. We show how this initiative ties into the striving for the integration of migrant communities and host society in Germany. In this paper, we analyze how collaborative project work and the use of mobile media and technologies contribute to integration processes in multicultural neighborhoods. Qualitative data gathered from interviews with club participants, participative observation in the computer clubs, as well as the analysis of artifacts created during project work provides the background needed to match local needs and peculiarities with (mobile) technologies. Based on these findings we present two approaches to add to the technological infrastructure: (1) a mesh-network extending the clubs into the neighborhood and (2) a project management tool, which supports projects and stimulates the sharing of ideas among projects.

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