ERIC Number: EJ1050739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Paying Attention to Gesture When Students Talk Chemistry: Interactional Resources for Responsive Teaching
Flood, Virginia J.; Amar, Francois G.; Nemirovsky, Ricardo; Harrer, Benedikt W.; Bruce, Mitchell R. M.; Wittmann, Michael C.
Journal of Chemical Education, v92 n1 p11-22 Jan 2015
When students share and explore chemistry ideas with others, they use gestures and their bodies to perform their understanding. As a publicly visible, spatio-dynamic medium of expression, gestures and the body provide productive resources for imagining the submicroscopic, three-dimensional, and dynamic phenomena of chemistry together. In this paper, we analyze the role of gestures and the body as interactional resources in interactive spaces for collaborative meaning-making in chemistry. With our moment-by-moment analysis of video-recorded interviews, we demonstrate how creating spaces for, attending to, and interacting with students' gestures and bodily performances generate opportunities for learning. Implications for teaching and assessment that are responsive to students' ideas in chemistry are discussed.
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Science Instruction, Chemistry, Video Technology, Interviews, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Human Body, Scientific Concepts, Interaction, Undergraduate Students, Verbal Communication, Teaching Methods, Concept Formation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maine
Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE 0941515|DUE 0941191