The materiality of learning‏


Following up on my ruminations about actor-network theory and learning a few months ago, here is a promising new contribution to this problem area: The Materiality of Learning‏: Technology and Knowledge in Educational Practice by Estrid Sørensen (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Make sure to check out the cool ewidget preview of the book. Here is the description from the publisher’s website:

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.

And I assume it’s not a secret that you can get a 20% discount if you buy the book via this link.


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