Virginia J. Flood

Curriculum Vitae

2018 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow 

flood (at) berkeley (dot) edu

Research Interests: I am interested in the interactional methods STEM learners and instructors use to understand each other when they work together in technology-rich environments. My work uses video to investigate the fine details of how people negotiate new ideas and discoveries. The approach I take to investigating social interaction is inspired and informed by ethnomethodology and conversation analysis. 

About me: After completing my B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Southern Maine, I earned a Master of Science in Teaching degree at the University of Maine. My masters thesis explored how undergraduate chemistry students use their bodies to imagine the 3D geometries of molecules. At UMaine, I discovered the fascinating world of enduring questions about the nature of knowing, thinking, and learning. I’m excited to have the opportunity to explore some of these questions with EDRL. 

Dissertation work: Currently I am studying how learning to debug computer programs is socially organized in interactions with peers and instructors as a member of the Debugging Failure project

Selected Publications:

Gesture and embodied interaction in mathematics and science learning and instruction: 

  1. Flood, V. J. (2018). Multimodal revoicing as an interactional mechanism for connecting scientific and everyday conceptsHuman Development, 61, 145-173. 
  2. Flood, V. J., Amar, F. G., Nemirovsky, R., Harrer, B. W., Bruce, M. R. M., & Wittmann, M. C. (2015). Paying attention to gesture when students talk chemistry: Interactional resources for responsive reaching. Journal of Chemical Education, 92(1), 11-22.
  3. Wittmann, M. C., Flood, V. J., & Black, K. E. (2013). Algebraic manipulation as motion within a landscapeEducational Studies in Mathematics82(2), 169-181.

The social organization of learning and teaching debugging and programming: 

  1. Flood, V. J., DeLiema, D., & Abrahamson, D. (2018). Bringing static code to life: The instructional work of animating computer programs with the body. In J. Kay & R. Luckin (Eds.), “Rethinking learning in the digital age: Making the Learning Sciences count,” Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences.
  2. Flood, V. J., DeLiema, D., Harrer, B. W. & Abrahamson, D. (2018). Enskilment in the digital age: The interactional work of learning to debug. In J. Kay & R. Luckin (Eds.), “Rethinking learning in the digital age: Making the Learning Sciences count,” Proceedings of the 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences.

Technology-enabled embodied learning environments and their design:

  1. Abrahamson, D., Flood, V. J., Miele, J., & Siu, Y.-T. (2018). Enactivism and ethnomethodological conversation analysis as tools for expanding Universal Design for Learning: The case of visually impaired mathematicsZDM Mathematics Education,  https://doi.org/10.1007/s11858-018-0998-1.
  2. Flood, V. J., Harrer, B. W., & Abrahamson, D. (2016). The interactional work of configuring a  mathematical object in a technology-enabled embodied learning environment. In C.-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, U. Cress, & P. Reimann (Eds.), "Transforming learning, empowering learners," Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2016) (Vol. 1, "Full Papers," pp. 122-129). Singapore: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  3. Flood, V. J., Neff, M., & Abrahamson, D. (2015). Boundary interactions: Resolving interdisciplinary collaboration challenges using digitized embodied performances. In T. Koschmann, P. Häkkinen, & P. Tchounikine (Eds.), "Exploring the material conditions of learning: opportunities and challenges for CSCL," the Proceedings of the Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference. Gothenburg, Sweden: ISLS.

 Physics learning: 

  1. Harrer, B. W., Flood, V. J., Wittmann, M. C. (2013). Productive resources in students’ ideas about energy: An alternative analysis of Watts’ original interview transcripts. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 9(2), 023101. 
  2. Scherr, R. E., Close, H. G., Close, E. W., Flood, V. J., McKagan, S. B., Robertson, A. D., Seeley, L., Wittmann, M. C., and Vokos, S. (2013). Negotiating energy dynamics through embodied action in a materially structured environment. Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research9(2), 020105.

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