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Technologies for learning?: an actor-network theory critique of ‘affordances’ in research on mobile learning

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Technologies for learning? an actor-network theory critique of ‘affordances’ in research on mobile learning. / Wright, Steven; Parchoma, Gale.

In: Research in Learning Technology, Vol. 19, No. 3, 11.2011, p. 247-258.

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