LECTURE POSTPONED: Learning is Moving in New Ways

Dor Abrahamson from the Embodied Design Research Laboratory at University of California Berkeley will present a lecture hosted by the Centre for Mathematical Cognition titled: 'Learning is Moving in New Ways: Reaching for Mathematical Concepts'.

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The event will begin with refreshments in the Brockington Foyer outside the entrance to U020, followed by the lecture in SCH101.

Learning is Moving in New Ways: Reaching for Mathematical Concepts, by Dor Abrahamson, Embodied Design Research Laboratory, Graduate School of Education, University of California Berkeley

Abstract:

What if Piaget were right, and conceptual development happens through goal-oriented sensorimotor interacting with the environment? Well, then, we had better begin mathematics education by having pupils play with blocks and beads. Oh, wait a moment, we actually do that already. Fine then, but what if Piaget were wrong, and conceptual development keeps working that way beyond basic arithmetic into secondary education and through GCSE, A-Levels, and, well, always? Well, we don’t do that. Wait, but how would we do that, anyway? And how would we know this is working? In this talk I present an approach to mathematics education that I call “embodied design.” It uses interactive technology that gets pupils moving their hands in new ways. Our multi-modal data, that include eye-tracking, manipulation actions, and verbal reports, suggest that the pupils are seeing the world in new ways and that these new perceptual structures become new ways of thinking, that is, embodied grounds of new mathematical concepts. These are early days, but I’d like to share the excitement.

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Contact and booking details

Name
Jonathan Causton
Telephone number
J.Causton@lboro.ac.uk
Cost
Free
Booking required?
Yes