Simon, it seems to me, has provided a segue into a more generalized view of
the issues underlying dialog mapping and the IBIS paradigm. I have taken
the liberty to fork the thread to represent the more generalized view,
though I think that the IBIS thread should continue; indeed, some really
inspired discussion is going on there.
At 11:46 AM 11/8/2001 +0000, Simon wrote:
>There's only so much a good user interface can do. I want to flag the
>issue of *representational literacy*. Radical new knowledge tools
>will require new literacies. But we also want to get them adopted.
>One response to this is to argue that they must therefore not be too
>radical a break from what we know. Another is to help people see the
>potential of the new tools as demonstrated by fluent 'masters', so
>that they then want to do it themselves. The best is of course a
>hybrid. An example of this is to assist import/export to dialogue
>mapping from/to other everyday tools that are familiar.
I suspect that *representational literacy* is lurking in the shadows of
everything the OHS/DKR vision is about. It makes sense to pay attention to
the many kinds of literacy required just to make adequate use of and even
develop the technologies we discuss. It further seems to me that the entire
spectrum of human augmentation technologies being discussed here involve
some aspect or form of *informal learning* process, and that particular
process implies an evolving representational literacy.
Googling *representational literacy* turns out to be very valuable.
A paper by Simon and Al turns up:
Collaborative Sense-Making in Design: Involving Stakeholders via
http://kmi.open.ac.uk/publications/tr.cfm?trnumber=74 which is available
in pdf format.
http://ericae.net/db2/ann99/9953_38.HTM is the URL that describes "Teaching
and Learning about representations". Just looking at these titles suggests
further sessions with my friend, google.
· Overview of Meta-Representational Competence Research. Bruce
Sherin, Northwestern University
· Understanding and Negotiating Different Representational Design
Spaces. Flavio S. Azevedo, UC, Berkeley
· Students' Criteria for Representational Adequacy. Andrea A.
diSessa, UC, Berkeley
· Representational Literacy: Here, There, and Everywhere. Rafael
Granados, UC, Berkeley
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