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Tangibles: Technologies and interaction for learning

Price, S; (2013) Tangibles: Technologies and interaction for learning. In: Price, S and Jewitt, C and Brown, B, (eds.) Sage Handbook of Digital Technology Research. (pp. 307-326). Sage Publications: London, UK.

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"Tangibles" generally refer to graspable technologies where computational power is embedded in everyday artefacts, customised objects or the environment, where interaction depends on the manipulation of physical artefacts and/or physical bodily action, and which can be wirelessly linked to various forms of digital representation. As such they offer new forms of interaction with technology, which are compatible with constructivist and embodied theories of learning and cognition, creating an important field of research. While ?tangibles? may be relatively new to educational contexts, the emergence of increasingly small microchips and digital sensing technologies and the embedding of technology in both artefacts and the environment is becoming more commonplace. In terms of research methods they offer a complex domain for research. This chapter aims to outline these challenges for research design and evaluation, particularly in the context of tangible learning environments and learning interaction. A review of related research and an introduction to key research approaches in the field provides the context for an illustrative research example investigating the use of tangibles for learning about science. Through this example, the chapter will explore some key research issues, for example, notions of physical-digital mappings and metaphorical mapping, concepts of engagement, effect of different design parameters, and collaboration. Finally, the chapter will outline critical future research directions, and related challenges.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Tangibles: Technologies and interaction for learning
ISBN-13: 9781446200476
Publisher version: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/the-sage-handbook...
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474987
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