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Abstract Title: Thinking about energy with bodies and objects: Cognition as a sensorimotor and material activity
Abstract: The practice of using rich records of naturally occurring activities as evidence of student knowledge promotes and supports a particular point of view:  that learning and expertise show best in what students do and say to learn together.  The "cells" of this talk and action are events on the order of one second long.  The meaning of such events is made evident in interactional sequences on the order of minutes.  Our particular analytic interest is in the ways in which our sensorimotor systems shape, generate, display, and limit the kinds of things we think about, and in how material artifacts shape the substantive and interactional aspects of students' activity.  In this view, students that just sit still and talk to each other aren't doing much.  We analyze a sequence of medium richness, in which the construction of a whiteboard structures students' thinking about energy.  In this sequence of a few minutes, the embodiment of cognition is apparent in what the participants say, but social constraints limit their use of their bodies.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Out of One, Many; Five Researchers Analyze the Same Student Video

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rachel Scherr
University of Maryland
Department of Physics
College Park, MD 20742
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Hunter Close
Sam McKagan