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Computers in Education
Educational Background, Biography
John Brine is a Professor in the Center for Language Research at the University of Aizu, Fukushima, Japan, and is a member of the Graduate School for Information Systems. He received his PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto) where he held a doctoral scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Following the completion of his doctorate, John was a Japan Foundation visiting scholar at the Tokyo Institute of Technology where he also held a post-doctoral fellowship from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His post-doctoral fellowship continued in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he taught courses in the Centre for Society, Technology, and Values. At the University of Waikato, New Zealand, he co-founded the Department of General and Applied Linguistics, and established the first CALL courses in New Zealand. His research interests include the sociocultural aspects of computer-assisted language learning and learning management systems, and the side-effects of information media. He is also interested in developing-nation contexts for eLearning and has received funding from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to support research collaboration between universities in Vietnam and Japan. He has initiated several agreements between the University of Aizu and universities in Vietnam and New Zealand. He also recently co-founded an Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) chapter in eLearning and Technical Communication. John is currently a Research Associate in the Digital Library Laboratory at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. He has held academic positions at universities in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand.
Current Research Theme
Sociocultural aspects of computer-assisted language learning.
Key Topic
Computers in Education
Affiliated Academic Society
Association for Computing Machinery


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Favorite Books
Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein
Thought and Language, Vygotsky
Process and Reality, Whitehead
Being and Technics, Stiegler
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