ERIC Number: EJ1040195
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
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Reference Count: 37
Facilitating Place-Based Learning in Outdoor Informal Environments with Mobile Computers
Zimmerman, Heather Toomey; Land, Susan M.
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, v58 n1 p77-83 Jan 2014
This paper advocates for place-based education to guide research and design for mobile computers used in outdoor informal environments (e.g., backyards, nature centers and parks). By bringing together research on place-based education with research on location awareness, we developed three design guidelines to support learners to develop robust science-related understandings within local communities. The three empirically- derived design guidelines are: (1) Facilitate participation in disciplinary conversations and practices within personally-relevant places, (2) Amplifying observations to see the disciplinary-relevant aspects of a place, and (3) Extending experiences through exploring new perspectives, representations, conversations, or knowledge artifacts. Last, we link theory to practice by illustrating how the three guidelines were applied in one outdoor science learning project called Tree Investigators.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Informal Education, Telecommunications, Technology Uses in Education, Place Based Education, Theory Practice Relationship, Science Education, Science Projects, Handheld Devices
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