Lifecycles of Computer Clubs: Rhythms and Patterns of Collaboration and Learning in an Intercultural Setting
Association for Computing Machinery
This long-term study analyzes the structure of a technology-mediated local initiative fostering cross-cultural understanding and respect: come_IN intercultural computer clubs provide open yet guided access to modern information and computer technology and offer a space for computer-related collaborative practices of children and adults in intercultural German neighborhoods. Our study addresses problems associated with 'cultural integration' and attempts to solve them through this provision. It reveals rhythms, lifecycles and breakdown situations which, transferred to a general level, form the basic structure for a sustainable implementation of a technology-related local initiative fostering cross-cultural understanding and respect. The study is based on field notes taken in three of these clubs.