Technology at work to mediate collaborative scientific enquiry in the field

Smith, Hilary, Luckin, Rose, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Avramides, Katerina and Underwood, Joshua (2005) Technology at work to mediate collaborative scientific enquiry in the field. In: AIED 2005, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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This paper describes and contrasts findings from two related projects where groups of science pupils investigated local air pollution using a collection of mobile sensors and devices. Both projects however played out in different ways. A qualitative analysis of the projects points to the various issues that contributed to the different experiences despite similar technologies for a similar task. These include: project focus; type of facilitator input and the benefits of in-situ data collection combined with subsequent review and reflection. We point to specific relationships between technologies and context of use, and building on this draw out recommendations for the design of in-context, science learning sessions. This work contributes to the growing conceptual understanding, based on real world experiences, of how mobile and ubiquitous technologies can be appropriated in context to support learning. It contributes to an increased understanding of the types of collaborative scientific activity that are supported by different technology configurations, and the roles that human and system facilitators can play in this process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Originality: Analyses experiences across two 'real world' escience school projects with mobile technologies used outdoors. A new approach to escience in schools and unique to be able to reflect across two such projects. Rigour: Qualitative analysis of video and log/annotation data to explore interactions between students and devices and scientific enquiry Significance: Provides guidelines for moving technology-enabled outdoor learning into the classroom. Impact: Short-listed for best paper award (1 of 4 out of 116 accpeted papers);
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Hilary Smith
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:55
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 09:25
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