Lately, I’ve been working on a conference presentation that focuses on transfer of learning from one context to another. I think that interactive fiction is a form that both invites and facilitates transfer. If you have some examples in your own IF teaching, I’d be glad to read about them.
The presentation includes a brief section on examples of the failure of transfer. These examples do not refer directly to IF, but I think they are relevant to interactive literature. Though I think these examples can be useful, I also find some of them rather problematic.
On such is example, which I’ve heard more than once in the past, goes like this.
“A group of people has just finished a course in Newtonian physics. If you ask these folks some simple questions about the motion of objects, such dropping of a rock to the ground, most of them will not answer in Newtonian terms. Instead, they’ll answer in terms of Aristotelian physics. Apparently, the learning about Newton’s physics has not transferred well.”
Strangely, though, I cannot seem to find any reference to this example when I search the Web. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
Have a great day!