Affordances revisited

Articulating a Merleau-Pontian view

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

Resumé

This article takes a renewed look at the concept of "affordance." It points out that the concept is being used within the CSCL community in ways which signify an underlying disagreement concerning the exact ontological nature and epistemological status of an "affordance." Such disagreement, it is argued, is a problem for both design and empirical research. Because HCI discussions of the concept have informed CSCL, views presented within this discourse are discussed. A Merleau-Pontian account of affordances is developed, building on his view of the human being as always already being-in-the world in a non-thematized, pre-reflective correspondence of body and world in the concrete activity. A dynamic, agent-centred, cultural-, experience- and skill-relative, but perception-independent, ontology is proposed for affordances. Toward the end of the article, examples are given of how the Merleau-Pontian account of affordances may shift the focus of empirical research and of design processes within CSCL.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
Vol/bind4
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)151-170
Antal sider20
ISSN1556-1607
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2009

Fingeraftryk

empirical research
Human computer interaction
Ontology
Concretes
ontology
human being
discourse
community
experience

Emneord

  • affordance
  • ontologi
  • erkendelsesteori
  • handling
  • perception
  • computerstøttet kollaborativ læring
  • Merleau-Ponty

Citer dette

@article{7cba9d50358911deb0ce000ea68e967b,
title = "Affordances revisited: Articulating a Merleau-Pontian view",
abstract = "This article takes a renewed look at the concept of {"}affordance.{"} It points out that the concept is being used within the CSCL community in ways which signify an underlying disagreement concerning the exact ontological nature and epistemological status of an {"}affordance.{"} Such disagreement, it is argued, is a problem for both design and empirical research. Because HCI discussions of the concept have informed CSCL, views presented within this discourse are discussed. A Merleau-Pontian account of affordances is developed, building on his view of the human being as always already being-in-the world in a non-thematized, pre-reflective correspondence of body and world in the concrete activity. A dynamic, agent-centred, cultural-, experience- and skill-relative, but perception-independent, ontology is proposed for affordances. Toward the end of the article, examples are given of how the Merleau-Pontian account of affordances may shift the focus of empirical research and of design processes within CSCL.",
keywords = "affordance, ontologi, erkendelsesteori, handling, perception, computerst{\o}ttet kollaborativ l{\ae}ring, Merleau-Ponty, Affordance, Ontology, Epistemology, Agency, Perception, computer supported collaborative learning, Merleau-Ponty",
author = "Dohn, {Nina Bonderup}",
year = "2009",
doi = "10.1007/s11412-009-9062-z",
language = "English",
volume = "4",
pages = "151--170",
journal = "International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning",
issn = "1556-1607",
publisher = "Springer",
number = "2",

}

Affordances revisited : Articulating a Merleau-Pontian view. / Dohn, Nina Bonderup.

I: International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, Bind 4, Nr. 2, 2009, s. 151-170.

Publikation: Bidrag til tidsskriftTidsskriftartikelForskningpeer review

TY - JOUR

T1 - Affordances revisited

T2 - Articulating a Merleau-Pontian view

AU - Dohn, Nina Bonderup

PY - 2009

Y1 - 2009

N2 - This article takes a renewed look at the concept of "affordance." It points out that the concept is being used within the CSCL community in ways which signify an underlying disagreement concerning the exact ontological nature and epistemological status of an "affordance." Such disagreement, it is argued, is a problem for both design and empirical research. Because HCI discussions of the concept have informed CSCL, views presented within this discourse are discussed. A Merleau-Pontian account of affordances is developed, building on his view of the human being as always already being-in-the world in a non-thematized, pre-reflective correspondence of body and world in the concrete activity. A dynamic, agent-centred, cultural-, experience- and skill-relative, but perception-independent, ontology is proposed for affordances. Toward the end of the article, examples are given of how the Merleau-Pontian account of affordances may shift the focus of empirical research and of design processes within CSCL.

AB - This article takes a renewed look at the concept of "affordance." It points out that the concept is being used within the CSCL community in ways which signify an underlying disagreement concerning the exact ontological nature and epistemological status of an "affordance." Such disagreement, it is argued, is a problem for both design and empirical research. Because HCI discussions of the concept have informed CSCL, views presented within this discourse are discussed. A Merleau-Pontian account of affordances is developed, building on his view of the human being as always already being-in-the world in a non-thematized, pre-reflective correspondence of body and world in the concrete activity. A dynamic, agent-centred, cultural-, experience- and skill-relative, but perception-independent, ontology is proposed for affordances. Toward the end of the article, examples are given of how the Merleau-Pontian account of affordances may shift the focus of empirical research and of design processes within CSCL.

KW - affordance

KW - ontologi

KW - erkendelsesteori

KW - handling

KW - perception

KW - computerstøttet kollaborativ læring

KW - Merleau-Ponty

KW - Affordance

KW - Ontology

KW - Epistemology

KW - Agency

KW - Perception

KW - computer supported collaborative learning

KW - Merleau-Ponty

U2 - 10.1007/s11412-009-9062-z

DO - 10.1007/s11412-009-9062-z

M3 - Journal article

VL - 4

SP - 151

EP - 170

JO - International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

JF - International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning

SN - 1556-1607

IS - 2

ER -