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The field of educational research lacks a methodology for the study of learning that does not begin with humans, their aims, and their interests. The Materiality of Learning seeks to overcome this human-centered mentality by developing a novel spatial approach to the materiality of learning. Drawing on science and technology studies (STS), Estrid S rensen compares an Internet-based 3D virtual environment project in a fourth-grade class with the classǃÙs work with traditional learning materials, including blackboards, textbooks, notebooks, pencils, and rulers. Taking into account pupilsǃ٠and teachersǃ٠physical bodies, Professor S rensen analyzes the multiple forms of technology, knowledge, and presence that are enacted with the materials. Featuring detailed ethnographic descriptions and useful end-of-chapter summaries, this book is an important reference for professionals and graduate or postgraduate students interested in a variety of fields, including educational studies, educational psychology, social anthropology, and STS.

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