Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media

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"Kids' Informal Learning with Digital Media: An Ethnographic Investigation of Innovative Knowledge Cultures" is a three-year collaborative project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Carried out by researchers at the University of Southern California and University of California, Berkeley, the digital youth project explores how kids use digital media in their everyday lives. Read more

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Dilan Mahendran is a PhD student at UC Berkeley's School of Information. Dilan's academic areas of interest are in Race Critical Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophical Anthropology and Phenomenology. He is also interested in the methodological problems of positivism and naturalism in technology studies and issues of constructivism in the social study of science and technology. Dilan's research areas are centered around the impact of digital technology in hip hop music making. He is currently conducting ethnographic fieldwork at Art and Technology afterschool programs in the San Francisco Bay area that focus on hip hop music production. Dilan received his BA in anthropology from Northeastern University and MS from the School of Information UC Berkeley.

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