ERIC Number: EJ1108241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Learning at the Interstices; Locating Practical Philosophies for Understanding Physical/Virtual Inter-Spaces
Savin-Baden, M.; Falconer, L.
Interactive Learning Environments, v24 n5 p991-1003 2016
Virtual worlds are relatively recent developments, and so it is tempting to believe that they need to be understood through newly developed theories and philosophies. However, humans have long thought about the nature of reality and what it means to be "real." This paper examines the three persistent philosophical concepts of Metaxis, Liminality and Space that have evolved across more than 2,000 years of meditation, contemplation, and reflection. Our particular focus here is on the nature of the interface between the virtual and the physical: at the interstices, and how the nature of transactions and transitions across those interfaces may impact upon learning. This may, at first, appear to be an esoteric pursuit, but we ground our arguments in primary and secondary data from research studies in higher education.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Correlation, Questionnaires, Simulated Environment, Educational Technology, Technological Advancement, Computer Uses in Education, Physical Environment, Risk Assessment, Foreign Countries, Graduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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