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Conference Paper: Revisiting Affordances for Learning in Mobile Technology Based Environments

TitleRevisiting Affordances for Learning in Mobile Technology Based Environments
Authors
KeywordsAffordances
M-learning environments
Mobile technology
Issue Date2006
Citation
CITE Research Symposium 2006, Hong Kong, China, 6-8 February 2006, p. 196-204 How to Cite?
AbstractThe term “affordance” has been used in Information Communications Technology (ICT) based environment to explore the opportunities the educational technologies provide for students. Gibson (1979/1986) defines affordances as the possibilities that the environment offers for the perceiver. The perceiver and the environment make an inseparable pair. In the case of learning, affordances are those relationships that provide a “match” between something in the environment and the learner (Van Lier, 2004) as a whole. The learning environment is a complex system consists of different components and layers. By becoming integrated components of the environment, different learning entities, whether social or individual, constitute affordances for each other. Through interactions, these affordances are integrated, and transform into effectivities (Visser, 2001). Besides, according to Gibson, affordances are invariant. However, they can be increased when the intensity of stimulation changes. They can also form higher order affordances when primary affordances are always found in particular combinations. Finally, Gibson (1979/1986) argues that affordances are not neutral. A focus on affordances for learning in mobile technology-based environment helps us identify how the environment as an integrated whole provides support for students’ learning, what and how components of the environment interact to provide various affordances.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44057

 

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dc.contributor.authorSong, Y-
dc.date.accessioned2007-05-15-
dc.date.available2007-05-15-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.citationCITE Research Symposium 2006, Hong Kong, China, 6-8 February 2006, p. 196-204en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/44057-
dc.description.abstractThe term “affordance” has been used in Information Communications Technology (ICT) based environment to explore the opportunities the educational technologies provide for students. Gibson (1979/1986) defines affordances as the possibilities that the environment offers for the perceiver. The perceiver and the environment make an inseparable pair. In the case of learning, affordances are those relationships that provide a “match” between something in the environment and the learner (Van Lier, 2004) as a whole. The learning environment is a complex system consists of different components and layers. By becoming integrated components of the environment, different learning entities, whether social or individual, constitute affordances for each other. Through interactions, these affordances are integrated, and transform into effectivities (Visser, 2001). Besides, according to Gibson, affordances are invariant. However, they can be increased when the intensity of stimulation changes. They can also form higher order affordances when primary affordances are always found in particular combinations. Finally, Gibson (1979/1986) argues that affordances are not neutral. A focus on affordances for learning in mobile technology-based environment helps us identify how the environment as an integrated whole provides support for students’ learning, what and how components of the environment interact to provide various affordances.en
dc.description.sponsorshipCentre of Information Technology in Education, University of Hong Kong and Education and Manpower Bureau, the Government of the Hong Kong SARen
dc.format.extent119707 bytes-
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf-
dc.languageeng-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAffordancesen
dc.subjectM-learning environmentsen
dc.subjectMobile technologyen
dc.titleRevisiting Affordances for Learning in Mobile Technology Based Environmentsen
dc.typeConference_Paperen
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_versionen_HK

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