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Horn, Michael S. – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2018
Designers who create computer-based learning experiences for places like museums, out-of-school programs, and homes face a number of challenges related to the informal nature of such settings. Designs must generally function on their own without the support of teachers or curriculum while at the same time engaging a diverse audience, supporting…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Instructional Design, Interaction, Educational Technology
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Sakr, Mona; Jewitt, Carey; Price, Sara – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
This article explores how to research the opportunities for emotional engagement that mobile technologies provide for the design and enactment of learning environments. In the context of mobile technologies that foster location-based linking, we make the case for the centrality of in situ real-time observational research on how emotional…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Emotional Response, Interaction
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Jornet, Alfredo; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Krange, Ingeborg – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2016
In this article we present an analytical framework for approaching transfer episodes--episodes in which participants declare or can be declared to bring prior experience to bear on the current task organization. We build on Dewey's writings about the continuity of experience, Vygotsky's ideas of unit analysis, as well as more recent developments…
Descriptors: Transfer of Training, Models, Experience, Theories
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Sharples, Mike; Scanlon, Eileen; Ainsworth, Shaaron; Anastopoulou, Stamatina; Collins, Trevor; Crook, Charles; Jones, Ann; Kerawalla, Lucinda; Littleton, Karen; Mulholland, Paul; O'Malley, Claire – Journal of the Learning Sciences, 2015
A central challenge for science educators is to enable young people to act as scientists by gathering and assessing evidence, conducting experiments, and engaging in informed debate. We report the design of the nQuire toolkit, a system to support scripted personal inquiry learning, and a study of its use with school students ages 11-14. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Activities, Inquiry