Learner Perception of Personal Spaces of Information (PSIs)- A Mental Model Analysis

ID: 51352 Type: Full Paper: Journal Publication
  1. Sharon Hardof-Jaffe, Tel-Aviv University, School of Education, Israel
  2. Ruthi Aladjem, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Wednesday, October 18 1:45 PM-2:15 PM Location: Junior Ballroom B

Presider: Sharon Hardof-Jaffe, Tel-Aviv University, School of Education, Israel

Abstract: A personal space of information (PSI) refers to the collection of digital information items, created, saved and organized, on digital devices PSIs play a central and significant role in learning processes This study explores the mental models and perceptions of PSIs by learners 63 graduate students created a drawing of their PSI The analysis of the drawings revealed six types of mental models namely, Hierarchical Model, Organic Model, Technical Model, Process-Based Model, Functional Model and Holistic Model In a secondary analysis, the mental models were found to reflect three key perceptions of PSIs namely, Instrumental, Symbiotic and Constructive Perceptions We discuss the possible implications of the different mental models and perceptions on digital literacies We suggest that facilitating a multidimensional perception of one’s PSI (as opposed to a uni-dimensional perception), may lead to a better realization of the potential of PSIs in learning contexts

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