Friday 14 October, 2011
This meeting was a literature discussion in which the following papers were used to unpack and critique the notion of ‘Affordances’ and its use within the technology and learning field.
The first reading is a chapter by James J Gibson, in which his notion of affordances is articulated in some detail:
Gibson, J. (1977). The theory of affordances. In R. Shaw & J. Bransford (Eds.), Perceiving, acting and knowing: toward an ecological psychology (pp. 67-82). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates .
The next two are by Donald Norman, the first in which he first talks about the way the concept of affordance can inform design, and the second where he reflects on how he used the term and suggests that he’d like to clarify that when he said “affordance” he really meant “perceived affordance”.
The next is by Bess Sadler and Lisa Given and provides one example of how the notion of Affordance can be used to help explain interactions between people and computers.
The next, by Mark Lee and Barney Dalgarno provides another example of how the notion can be used in a learning technology context:
Lastly, Martin Oliver provides a critique of the concept and of what he sees as misuses of the term leading him to conclude that we should perhaps avoid using the term at all:
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