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Informal learning and social capital in the Dublin Computer Clubhouse

Deirdra Pickering

The Dublin Computer Clubhouse is one of more than 100 such Clubhouses worldwide. The Computer Clubhouses were developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to provide creative hands-on, informal learning using ICT and were to be made accessible to all sections of society. The Dublin Computer Clubhouse was set up in 2003 to compliment the then strong technology growth. The Clubhouse has now become a well-established and respected organisation with constant ongoing growth and innovation. This article is based on the author's experience as a volunteer and researcher at the Dublin Clubhouse. It explores the role informal learning and social capital play in contemporary 'knowledge economies' and offers some comments about the implications for formal schooling.

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  • Page Numbers: 143-148
  • Volume: 96
  • Issue: 3
  • Date: Autumn 2011

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