Title: How the social structure of intercultural 'come_IN' computer clubs fosters interactive storytelling

Authors: Kai Schubert; Anne Weibert

Addresses: University of Siegen, Hölderlinstr. 3, 57068 Siegen, Germany ' University of Siegen, Hölderlinstr. 3, 57068 Siegen, Germany

Abstract: Narratives constitute an important framework for the shared computer practice of children and adults in intercultural computer clubs 'come_IN'. Located in schools in socially and culturally diverse neighbourhoods in Germany, the clubs' aim is twofold: they are a place for children and adult members of the neighbourhood community to voluntarily gather and: a) share and develop ideas and perspectives, at the same time; b) acquiring and broadening skills and thus technological fluency in the use of modern media and computer technology. Our comparative analysis of a film project that was conducted in two different 'come_IN' computer clubs shows the potential of this informal learning setting with regard to children's interactive storytelling. The study is built on qualitative data from active and observing participation in the club sessions, as well as the analysis of artefacts created during the project work in the two clubs.

Keywords: collaborative work; local communities; integration; learning; social structure; intercultural computer clubs; interactive storytelling; narratives; shared computer practice; shared practice; children; adults; Germany; film project; diverse neighbourhoods; diversity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2014.058944

International Journal of Arts and Technology, 2014 Vol.7 No.1, pp.78 - 91

Available online: 30 Jan 2014 *

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