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A Cartography of Practice

Knox, Daniel (2017) A Cartography of Practice. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent,. (KAR id:66350)

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Much of the existing literature on space and practice originates from the fields of human geography, urban sociology and architecture. Seminal contributors to these fields including: Tuan (Tuan 1977), Edwards (Edwards and Usher 2003), Dourish (Harrison and Dourish 1996), and Hall (Hall 1990), and they provide useful terminology and applications for defining space and the interactions that occur within them.

For many of these writers, a 'space' is just a physical volume that provides the opportunity for human interactions to occur, whereas a 'place' is the lived-experience of those human interactions - that is, 'places' are 'spaces' that are invested with meaning, identity and practice.

Despite the large quantity of literature from other fields on the study of space, it has received limited attention and application in the fields of Higher Education and Computing Education. When research on place has been conducted, it is generally concerned with the physical design and perception of spaces. Addressing this research gap and obtaining a deeper understanding of students' use of physical and virtual spaces, will give us a richer picture of their engagement during their academic study. Understanding why students go to certain places rather than others, the practice that happens in these places and how spaces become associated with certain types of culture and activities, will better inform our pedagogical approach to teaching computing.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Fincher, Sally
Uncontrolled keywords: place, space, practice
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
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Depositing User: System Moodle
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 10:10 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:53 UTC
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