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ERIC Number: EJ1262767
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0737-0008
Assembling a Torus: Family Mobilities in an Immersive Mathematics Exhibition
Kelton, Molly L.; Ma, Jasmine Y.
Cognition and Instruction, v38 n3 p318-347 2020
In this article, we report on a video-based field study of an intergenerational family's enactment of a mathematical object (a torus) in the context of an immersive mathematics exhibition in a science center. To do this, we center interwoven, multi-party mobilities at multiple scales--walking, gesturing, touching, and postural adjustments -- as key aspects of how family members co-assemble a local, multi-layered set of meanings for a mathematical object. Drawing on and blending approaches from science and technology studies and interaction analysis we investiage how immersive museum exhibitions can enable particular patterns of visitor mobility and provisionally reconfigure relations among walking, sensing, and knowing. In contrast to what we describe as a sedentarist bias in studies of learning and cognition in museums, we argue that walking and other movements across a wide range of scales are constitutive of visitors' interpretive accomplishments, rather than mere backdrop to them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1323587