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Pages: 4367-4375
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7
ISSN: 2340-1079
doi: 10.21125/inted.2016.2081

Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain

LEARNING IN THE CITY: LEVERAGING URBAN SPACES AS REAL WORLD ENVIRONMENTS FOR INTERACTIVE SOLUTION-MAKING

H.P. McKenna

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This paper is motivated by the challenges facing education in the context of rapid urban growth globally and the associated emerging complexities. As such, opportunities arise for the development of adaptive learning components complementing and extending existing educational services and approaches in response to the complexities of 21st century urban environments. The key objectives of this paper include the exploration of: i) technology-related opportunities for learning in the city; ii) new forms of engagement afforded by adaptive learning approaches; and iii) evolving urban relationships for learning. Employing an exploratory mixed methods case study approach, this research uses quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques from multiple, diverse perspectives (e.g., city officials, community members, business, educators, learners, and visitors to the city). Quantitative data is analyzed using descriptive statistics and qualitative data is analyzed using content analysis. Participants are invited to engage with their particular city through noticing, sharing, and idea generation using a minimally viable webspace with social media elements. Follow-up semi-structured interviews and an online survey with a combination of closed and open-ended questions are designed to explore the three key objectives identified above for the study. In parallel with this study, anecdotal evidence is gathered from individuals across the city during informal individual and group discussions, enabling further analysis, comparison, and triangulation of data.

This paper is significant in that it contributes to:
a) the research literature across multiple domains (e.g., learning cities, smart cities, ubiquitous learning);
b) a discourse space for learning in the city; and
c) further validation of the viability of a collaborative learning and action agenda for 21st century cities and educators.

In conclusion, this exploratory study identifies opportunities for future research and practice focused on learning in the city; points to the potential for increased and meaningful engagement of people with urban issues; and sheds insight into learning in the city as applied and multi-directional with urbanizing influences and potentials.
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H.P. McKenna (2016) LEARNING IN THE CITY: LEVERAGING URBAN SPACES AS REAL WORLD ENVIRONMENTS FOR INTERACTIVE SOLUTION-MAKING, INTED2016 Proceedings, pp. 4367-4375.
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