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Abstract Title: Observing scientific reasoning processes in the classroom: Qualitative analysis of video-recorded interaction
Abstract: Scientific, critical, and reflective thinking are processes that unfold as students learn together.  Ideally, students collaboratively construct ideas through the use of a wide range of representational resources. At Seattle Pacific University, "embodied learning activities," in which we deliberately arrange for human bodies to symbolize entities in physical phenomena, are playing an increasingly important role in the instruction that we design and study.  Students communicate their ideas not only through talk, but also body positions, movements, uses of objects, gestures, looks, and so on.  Video documentation of such dynamic multi-modal representations offers the chance to develop our professional vision as well as our understanding of what constitutes scientific reasoning processes.  In this workshop, participants will work closely with short episodes of videotaped classroom activity in order to engage with the theoretical and practical issues that are raised by fine-grained qualitative analysis. Please bring a laptop and headphones if it's convenient.
Abstract Type: Workshop

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rachel E. Scherr
Seattle Pacific University
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Seattle, WA 98119
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