[SLED] Insider versus newcomer?

Kim FLINTOFF kimbo2 at iinet.net.au
Thu Apr 5 19:56:59 PDT 2007

One of the purposes of dividing and labelling - some call it categorisation
- is to allow us to delineate - to begin to articulate awareness of
difference and the more we develop an awareness of difference the greater
the chance that we might stumble upon the difference that makes the
difference..  by dividing and labelling we can clarify our processes and
share our knowledge with others - the process of dividing and labelling is
the very basis of language and communication.


Metaphors are useful ways to articulate sensory experience in linguistic (or
other terms) Lakoff's work in this field brings home the impossibility of
trying to engage in the world without metaphor.  


Finding effective metaphors helps facilitate share understanding.  


It can be said that all communication is metaphor.


Kim Flintoff B.A., Grad. Dip. Ed., M.Ed.
PhD Candidate
QUT Creative Industries: Performance Studies
Sessional Lecturer/Tutor
ECU School of Education and Arts: Contemporary Performance / Drama Education


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[mailto:educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com] On Behalf Of Kelly
Sent: Friday, 6 April 2007 3:07 AM
To: SL Educators
Subject: Re: [SLED] Insider versus newcomer?


As someone over 35, I'm often struck by how much time has been devoted to a
concept that has been used as a marketing ploy. The whole idea is that if
you aren't a "native" you won't understand how the "natives" learn, which is
different, so let them play videogames because it is how they learn. It is a
concept set up to suggest that those of us that "older" won't understand the
whole learning by video game idea, which, by the way, is silly. It was
introduced to sell video games and introduce them as learning tools. Now,
video games came out in the 70's and I've been playing for, oh, 30+ years. I
game, albeit, not as much as I use to due to job & other commitments. But
somehow it's like we invented this whole gaming/adhd phenom in the last 5
years. Forget about the 'native/immigrant' thing. Some people are adept at
technology, some aren't. You can find examples from any age. Females use it
differently than males. If we keep dividing things, we'll have so many
labels we won't know what to do. We're all surrounded by it, some people
catch on quicker than others regardless of how old they are. Yet another
example of great marketing. 

On 4/5/07, Tjarda Sixma <tjardasixma at zonnet.nl> wrote:

An alternative to 'native' versus 'immigrant' might be: 'insider'
versus 'newcomer' (Lankshear and Knobel 2006). It gets round some
negative connotations. But in a way it boils down to the same. 

Another thing that I find interesting in this concept is that often a
line is drawn at age 35; eventhough people under 35 aren't raised
with digital technology (as a native is raised in a certain country). 
In that respect only people under 20 or so (depending of many factors
that have to do with the 'digital divide') should be called 'natives'.


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