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Intergenerational Learning Events Around the Computer: A Site for Linguistic and Cultural Exchange

Kenner, Charmian; Ruby, Mahera; Jessel, John; Gregory, Eve E. and Arju, Tahera. 2008. Intergenerational Learning Events Around the Computer: A Site for Linguistic and Cultural Exchange. Language and Education, 22(4), pp. 298-319. ISSN 0950-0782 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The computer is widely recognised as a cultural tool with the potential to enhance learning, and children are considered to develop ICT skills with particular facility. However, young children still require assistance in order to gain the maximum educational benefit. This study investigates how such assistance was given to 3–6 year olds by their grandparents in Sylheti/Bengali-speaking families and monolingual Englishspeaking families living in East London. A multimodal analysis of video-recorded computer activities reveals the reciprocity of teaching and learning taking place between
the generations. In each case, grandparents and grandchildren combined their resources in order to negotiate the activity, with adults usually providing knowledge of literacy and numeracy whilst children helpedwith computer skills. The intergenerational
exchange was especially evident in Sylheti/Bengali-speaking families, where grandparents were less familiarwith English orwith the computer and operated bilingually with their grandchildren to co-construct learning. However, the support offered by grandparents was found to have common elements in all families, as they helped children to structure the learning event, maintain concentration and accomplish tasks relying on linguistic and cultural knowledge.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/09500780802152572

Keywords:

grandparents, bilingualism, Bengali, ICT, young children, multimodality

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies
Research Office > REF2014

Dates:

DateEvent
April 2008Published

Item ID:

3669

Date Deposited:

30 Sep 2010 13:53

Last Modified:

14 Jul 2018 09:35

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3669

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