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Title: Working With Teenagers to Design Technology That Supports Learning About Energy in Informal Contexts
Authors: Avramides, Katerina
Craft, Brock
Luckin, Rosemary
Read, Janet
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Avramides, K., Craft, B., Luckin, R., & Read, J. (2012). Working With Teenagers to Design Technology That Supports Learning About Energy in Informal Contexts. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 1, Full Papers (pp. 151-158). Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Energy sustainability is prevalent in political and popular rhetoric and yet energy consumption is rising. Teenagers are an important category of future energy consumers, but little is known about their conceptions. We report on research to design learning technologies that support teenagers' learning about personal consumption of energy. In this paper we describe our analysis and methodology, which are shaped by the Ecology of Resources design framework (Luckin, 2010). Findings suggest teenagers are aware of energy issues at an abstract level, but do not apply this information in the context of their behaviour. We identify indirect energy use and the relative energy intensity of different behaviours as important areas for learning. For example, behaviours of particular relevance to teenagers are use of electronic devices, and choice of food and personal care products. These findings have implications for the design of technology to support learning about energy in informal contexts.
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