An Empirical Study on Implementing FLOSS in Schools

TitleAn Empirical Study on Implementing FLOSS in Schools
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsLin, Y-wei, Zini, E
Secondary TitleSocial Informatics: An Information Society for All? In Remembrance of Rob Kling, the proceedings of the 7th 'Human Choice and Computers' conference
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media

This empirical paper shows how free/libre open source software (FLOSS) contributes to mutual and collaborative learning in an educational environment. Unlike proprietary software, FLOSS allows extensive customisation of software and supports the needs of local users better. In this paper, we observes how implementing FLOSS in an Italian high school challenges the conventional relationship between end users themselves (e.g. teachers and students) and that between users and developers. The findings will shed some light on the social aspects of FLOSS-based computerization - including the role of FLOSS in social and organizational change in educational environments and the ways that the social organization of FLOSS are influenced by social forces and social practices.

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