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Abstract Title: Video Analysis Workshop: Reconciling cognitivist and interaction analysis methodologies
Abstract: Within learning sciences, tensions sometimes arise between researchers espousing cognitivist versus interactionist perspectives. Broadly speaking, the cognitivist perspective conceptualizes learning as changes in the form and content of knowledge in the head. The interactionist perspective, on the other hand, conceives of learning as a social phenomenon, embodied in the learners' talk, action, and interaction with other living participants and materials in a setting. This workshop is aimed toward the goal of seeking reconciliation between the perspectives. We will show two video clips, excerpts from video-taped problem solving done during a (i) clinical interview and a (ii) classroom small-group discussion. During the first half of the workshop, participants will unpack the phenomena observed in the videos. We expect that as a result of this observational emphasis, the participants, to varying degrees, will attend to the content of students' knowledge as well as to features in the interaction that become salient to the activity, including affect and situational identity. The second half of the workshop will be used for sharing and synthesizing analysis and comments, and reflecting on whether and how such close analysis of unfolding activity draws on and contributes to both perspectives.
Abstract Type: Workshop

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ayush Gupta
University of Maryland, College Park
and Co-Presenter(s)
Reed Stevens, Northwestern University
Andrew Elby, University of Maryland, College Park.
David Hammer, Tufts University