The Computer Clubhouse: Constructionism and Creativity In Youth Communities

Teachers College Press


This book is about the Computer Clubhouse -- the idea and the place -- that inspires youth to think about themselves as competent, creative, and critical learners. So much of the social life of young people has moved online and participation in the digital public has become an essential part of youth identities. The Computer Clubhouse makes an important contribution not just in local urban communities but also as a model for after-school learning environments globally. The model has been uniquely successful scaling up, with over 100 clubhouses thriving worldwide. Showcasing research by scholars and evaluators that have documented and analyzed the international Computer Clubhouse Network, this volume considers the implications of their findings in the context of what it means to prepare youth to meet the goals of the 21st Century. 

Contributors: Brenda Abanavas, Gail Breslow, Grace Chiu, Stina Cooke, Shiv Desai, Patricia Díaz, Rosaline Hudnell, John Maloney, Amon Millner, Jesse Moya, Mitchel Resnick, Natalie Rusk, and Elisabeth Sylvan


''Perhaps the greatest praise I can give to the editors and authors of this volume is that reading it cover to cover made me want to visit a Clubhouse, and become an 'honorary member' for a day. I was completely impressed with this book.'' --E-Learning and Digital Media