Technology affordances: The 'real story' in research with K-12 and undergraduate learners

Kay J. Wijekumar, Bonnie J.F. Meyer, Diane Wagoner, Lon Ferguson

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Computer technologies for learning environments have been introduced with great expectations for improved learning outcomes. However, the great improvements have not materialised; some of these extant studies are examined. Of all the explanations for these disappointing results, the least examined are the affordances of the computer tools. This paper provides a rationale for studying affordances and presents two studies in K-12 and undergraduate settings showing how powerful affordances are in affecting outcomes. Finally, the paper presents guidelines on how to gradually move students from a game affordance of a computer to a learning mode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-209
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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  • Education


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