Toward an embodied-interaction design framework for mathematical concepts.

Abrahamson, D., & Trninic, D.
In P. Blikstein & P. Marshall (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th Annual Interaction Design and Children Conference (IDC 2011), Ann Arbor, MI, June 20-23 (Vol. Full papers], pp. 1-10). IDC.


Abstract: Recent, empirically supported theories of cognition indicate that human reasoning, including mathematical problem solving, is based in tacit spatial-temporal action. Implications of these findings for the philosophy and design of mathematics instruction may be momentous. Here, we build on design-based research efforts centered on exploring the potential of embodied interaction (EI) for mathematics learning. We sketch two emerging reciprocal contributions: (1) a sociocognitive view on the role of automated feedback in building the perceptuomotor schemes that undergird conceptual development; and (2) a heuristic EI design framework. We ground these ideas in vignettes of children engaging an EI design for proportion. Increasing ubiquity and access to mobile devices that are geared to avail of EI principles suggests the feasibility of mass-disseminating materials evolving from this research.