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Friday, June 08, 2012 (Updated )

Zone of Proximal Development

by The Metaist


The Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) is a theoretical construct for engaging a student above the level of boredom and below the level of anxiety.

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At least something's happening with the lights.
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ZPD relies on instructional scaffolding to provide support to a student above his/her level of competence, but below an anxiety-inducing level. ZPD is widely used in the video game industry to train players on how to play the game. In usability, ZPD plays a role in determining how to structure exposure to features in order to build up confidence and skill.

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