Ubiquitous mathematics from South Africa to Finland : does reverse transfer work?
Laine, Teemu, Nygren, Eeva, Sutinen, Erkki, Islas Sedano, Carolina, Joy, Mike and Blignaut, Seugnet (2011) Ubiquitous mathematics from South Africa to Finland : does reverse transfer work? In: Chen, I. and Kidd, T., (eds.) Ubiquitous learning : strategies for pedagogy, course design and technology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. ISBN 9781617354366
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Ubiquitous learning spaces are inherently context adaptive: their context-aware features allow an educational system to be automatically configured to a set of aspects of a given context. UFractions is a ubiquitous mobile game that combines a storyline with manipulatives for learning fractions, and in which context adaptation is limited to the set of manipulatives. UFractions was created for a South African context and then reverse-transferred to a Finnish context. In reverse transfer, a technology designed in and for a technology-alien context is taken as such to a technology-familiar context. An evaluation of UFractions in the two contexts indicates that the game needs to be adapted to the pedagogical and cultural context of its users. Hence, reverse transfer is not enough for a successful learning environment; context adaptation is required. For ubiquitous learning games, such as UFractions, our findings indicate that learning contents and activities need to be re-contextualized.
|Item Type:||Book Item|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software
L Education > L Education (General)
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|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Computer Science|
|Publisher:||Information Age Publishing|
|Place of Publication:||Charlotte, NC|
|Book Title:||Ubiquitous learning : strategies for pedagogy, course design and technology|
|Editor:||Chen, I. and Kidd, T.|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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