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Imagine that: Creating a 'third space' for young people with high functioning autism through the use of technology in a social setting

Rizzo, Alberto and Schutt, Stefan and Linegar, Dale (2012) Imagine that: Creating a 'third space' for young people with high functioning autism through the use of technology in a social setting. In: OzCHI '12 Proceedings of the 24th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. Farrell, Vivienne and Farrell, Graham and Chua, Caslon and Huang, Weidong and Vasa, Raj and Woodward, Clinton, eds. ACM, New York, New York, pp. 513-516.

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Abstract

In this paper we describe the knowledge building process involved in creating The Lab, a technology-enabled ‘learning community’ of young people with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA), and their parents. We use Vygotsky’s (1978) culturalhistorical approach to analyse social engagement through material, individual, and social interactions and the emergence of a ‘third space’ (Gutierrez, 1999 & 2008) as a particular kind of ‘zone of proximal development’ in developing an effective learning environment. We speculate on the centrality of the sensory and perceptual differences of AS and HFA people as contributing to a better understanding of the role of embodied imagination and creativity as essential aspects of their ‘difference’ and their distinct patterns of social and cultural relations.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9781450314381
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, activity theory, engagement, ZPD, third space, embodied cognition
Subjects: FOR Classification > 0899 Other Information and Computing Sciences
FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Depositing User: Yimin Zeng
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 23:01
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 23:01
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/21705
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