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The Materiality of Learning
Technology and Knowledge in Educational Practice

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Part of Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives

  • Date Published: February 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521182713

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  • The field of educational research lacks a methodology for the study of learning that does not begin with humans, their aims, and their interests. The Materiality of Learning seeks to overcome this human-centered mentality by developing a novel spatial approach to the materiality of learning. Drawing on science and technology studies (STS), Estrid Sørensen compares an Internet-based 3D virtual environment project in a fourth-grade class with the class's work with traditional learning materials, including blackboards, textbooks, notebooks, pencils, and rulers. Taking into account pupils' and teachers' physical bodies, Professor Sørensen analyzes the multiple forms of technology, knowledge, and presence that are enacted with the materials. Featuring detailed ethnographic descriptions and useful end-of-chapter summaries, this book is an important reference for professionals and graduate or postgraduate students interested in a variety of fields, including educational studies, educational psychology, social anthropology, and STS.

    • Original ethnographic descriptions showing the fine details of how materials influence the learning process
    • Introduces the advanced and complex Actor-Network Theory to the educational field, clarified for the reader through detailed ethnographic descriptions
    • The approach to the 'materiality of learning' is summed up and explained in six boxes throughout the book
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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521182713
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: a minimal methodology
    2. Components and opponents: designing the Femtedit Network
    3. Forms of technology
    4. Forms of knowledge
    5. Forms of presence
    6. Conclusion: the materiality of learning.

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    Estrid Sørensen, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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