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Thinking with the Body: Conceptual Integration Through Gesture in Multiviewpoint Model Construction

Language and the Creative Mind. Borkent, Michael, Barbara Dancygier, and Jennifer Hinnell, editors. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 2013, Forthcoming

19 Pages Posted: 19 May 2013  

David J. DeLiema

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Graduate School of Education and Information Studies

Francis Steen

Communication Studies, UCLA

Date Written: May 17, 2013

Abstract

Educational researchers in STEM have recently come to recognize the value of teaching students to construct, critique, revise, and apply models. In this article, we contribute to existing research on students’ model-based reasoning with a fine-grained look at the interaction between two modeling resources: spatial reasoning and the body. How students drift between different gestural viewpoints while still maintaining spatiotemporal continuity in the model — and what implications this has for learning outcomes — are our core concerns in this chapter. Results suggest that gestural acts, in generating complex patterns in space and time, provide a dynamic scaffolding for conceptual development. In the gesture stream, students can both feel the actions of model components and track how those actions relate geographically and temporally to prior and subsequent events in the modeled system.

Keywords: modeling, viewpoint, gesture, spatial reasoning

Suggested Citation

DeLiema, David J. and Steen, Francis, Thinking with the Body: Conceptual Integration Through Gesture in Multiviewpoint Model Construction (May 17, 2013). Language and the Creative Mind. Borkent, Michael, Barbara Dancygier, and Jennifer Hinnell, editors. Stanford, CA: CSLI Publications, 2013, Forthcoming . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2266574

David J. DeLiema (Contact Author)

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Graduate School of Education and Information Studies ( email )

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
United States

Francis Frode Steen

Communication Studies, UCLA ( email )

345 Portola Plaza
2303 Rolfe Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
United States

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