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Cultural Transmission theory and diffusion of innovation in education

Kai Pata is discussing the applicability of Cultural Transmission (CT) theory to explaining the use of artefacts in web communities. The key idea is that next to genes, culture is another mechanism for heredity and replication.

CT could be a useful framework for understanding the processes underpinning diffusion and adoption of innovations in education (eg innovative teaching practice). It is also interesting to explore the links with memetics and evolution of social systems.

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