Symbolic Narratives and the Role of Meaning: Encountering Technology in South African Primary Education

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dc.contributor.author Van Zyl, Izak
dc.contributor.author Sabiescu, Amalia
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-18T10:11:42Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-18T10:11:42Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12-15
dc.identifier.citation Van Zyl, I., & Sabiescu, A. (2016). Symbolic narratives and the role of meaning: Encountering technology in South African primary education. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 18, 95-115. https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21654 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7205 (print version)
dc.identifier.issn 2077-7213 (online version)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/21654
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21654
dc.description.abstract This article draws on the results of a long-term, design-based research study with South African primary school teachers to discuss the role of subjectively assigned meanings and symbolisms of technology, as key factors affecting the adoption, appropriation and use of educational technology in urban poor and under-resourced environments. The paper examines how teachers’ engagements with technology are framed, conditioned, and embedded in multi-levelled “technology encounters”. These encounters give rise to meaningful representations of technology that ultimately transform both the teaching and learning process, and culminate in the emergence of “symbolic narratives”: complex assemblages of symbolisms, meanings and interpretations that arise through and therefore come to influence further technology engagements. We argue that a closer examination of teachers’ symbolic narratives can shed light on the motivations that underpin the appropriation, integration -- or conversely, rejection -- of educational technology in urban poor and under-resourced environments. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg en_ZA
dc.subject educational informatics, information and communication technology (ICT), technology encounters, symbolic narrative, meaningful representations of technology en_ZA
dc.title Symbolic Narratives and the Role of Meaning: Encountering Technology in South African Primary Education en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 18 en_ZA
dc.journal.title The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian CA2016 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi https://doi.org/10.23962/10539/21654
dc.citation.issue 18 en_ZA
dc.description.url www.wits.ac.za/linkcentre/ajic en_ZA
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8494-6968
dc.orcid.id https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3006-705X


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