Self-teaching (S. Mitra) and its implication for indigenous education

Sugata Mitra’s new experiments in self-teaching
Video 1 (2008)
Video 2 (2010)

Education researcher Mitra’s experiment of children’s use of ICTs suggests that children can teach themselves with ICTs. Mitra has find education and learning a sort of “self-organizing system”. His claim has been tested in several case studies he is presenting in the these Ted lectures.

With regard to indigenous education and technology, I find Mitra’s project noteworthy and worrisome at the same time. It is noteworthy because of its claim that the provision of proper infrastructure can facilitate children’s agency in learning processes. However, it is also worrisome because, as presented in an example of Indian children quickly learning Western knowledge and British accent via ICTs, much dependence on ICTs can entail the rapid Westernization of local and indigenous children.

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