Investigating Cultural Learning in Interactive Environments
September 1, 2016
Drs. Natalie Underberg-Goode, Carolyn Hopp (UCF-CREATE and College of Education), and Maria Eugenia Ulfe (Pontifical Catholic University of Peru) recently completed work on a UCF CAH Seed Funding grant to investigate the acquisition of cultural learning by conducting a quantitative and qualitative research project with two groups of students from universities in different countries. The first class consisted of a graduate class in the UCF School of Education and Leadership taught by Hopp. The second group of students came from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru-Lima’s Visual Anthropology program directed by Dr. Ulfe.
Students took turns studying the curriculum associated with the PeruDigital project Website, a Website that presents and interprets Peruvian festivals and folklore, via a static PowerPoint lecture and via an exploration of the Website itself. Each student group (one in Peru and one in the U.S.) was given a pre-test, post-test, and quiz (including both objective and free-response questions). Graduate student researcher Hariharan Ramakrishnan set up these instruments in Qualtrics. In addition, students took part in a focus group discussion in person and virtually. An article about the research is forthcoming in a special issue of Visual Ethnography.