LAN cafes: cafes, places of gathering or sites of informal teaching and learning?

Beavis, Catherine, Nixon, Helen and Atkinson, Stephen 2005, LAN cafes: cafes, places of gathering or sites of informal teaching and learning?, Education, communications and information, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 41-60, doi: 10.1080/14636310500061292.

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Title LAN cafes: cafes, places of gathering or sites of informal teaching and learning?
Author(s) Beavis, CatherineORCID iD for Beavis, Catherine
Nixon, Helen
Atkinson, Stephen
Journal name Education, communications and information
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 41
End page 60
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Basingstoke, England
Publication date 2005-03
ISSN 1463-631X
Summary Despite the interest of sociologists and educational researchers in Internet café as sites for new cultural and social formations and informal learning, thus far little attention has been paid to the function of café owners, managers and other staff in the mediation and co-construction of those spaces. Drawing from interviews with managers of commercial Internet café in Australia specialising in LAN (Local Area Network) gaming, this article seeks to examine their role and their attitudes more closely; in particular with regard to school-aged users of their facilities. We contend that LAN café are liminal spaces situated at the margins of Australian culture and located at the junctions between home, school and the street, online and offline spaces, work and play. The roles of LAN café managers are similarly ambiguous: in many ways they can be regarded as informal teachers facilitating the process of informal learning.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14636310500061292
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
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