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The problem with affordance

Oliver, Martin (2005) The problem with affordance. Journal of Educational Technology and Society, 2 (4). pp. 402-413. ISSN 1176-3647. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: The article examines the concept of affordance, which forms one of the foundational ideas in the study of technology in education. An historical review reveals how the term has become so muddled that it is no longer useful. This challenges recent moves to use the idea as the foundation for a common research agenda within the field. Instead, an alternative concept is proposed that draws on a different tradition (Bakhtin’s literary analysis, rather than ecological psychology) to re-conceptualise the object of study. The paper builds on a widely-cited conference presentation. The claims made here are controversial, but are currently influencing the development of a new strand of research in the area of ICT in education. Taylor & Frances have expressed interest in a book that develops these ideas further, and a proposal is currently in preparation.
Controlled Keywords: ICT and learning
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > London Knowledge Lab
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 10:09
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:17
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