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Title: Students' Capacity for Autonomous Learning in an Unstructured Learning Space on a Mobile Learning Trail
Authors: Tan, Esther
So, Hyo-Jeong
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Tan, E. & So, H. (2013). Students' Capacity for Autonomous Learning in an Unstructured Learning Space on a Mobile Learning Trail. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 2 — Short Papers, Panels, Posters, Demos & Community Events (pp. 169-172). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This research study investigates learner autonomy in the unstructured learning space on a mobile learning trail. Specifically, we examine how students leverage on knowledge resources and the physical affordances of the outdoor learning environment, to pursue their line of inquiries. Adapting Fischer and Mandl's (2005) coding scheme for the content dimension, we coded two groups' discourse, to examine the use of knowledge resource types. Analysis showed that contextual resources and the interaction with the physical affordances play a significant role in learners' capacity to see relations between given case information and new conceptual knowledge, as well as, activating prior knowledge resources. Overall findings indicate that autonomous learning rests essentially on the learning design, the appropriate measure at pre-structuring, as well as, student-and- teacher readiness.
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