Contact: [email] timothykc <at> berkeley <dot> edu
Research Interests: I am interested in the design of contexts for learning, a specific interest of mine is understanding how designers can influence/structure individual’s cognition and affective dispositions through their design/activity mediated choices. My disseration (filed Spring 2015) examined how students’ multi-modal, perceptual resources can be more closely aligned with mathematical concepts, in particular, those pertaining to early rational number instruction. Additionally, I have been looking at how students’ goal oriented objectives are influenced by, and in turn, influence an activity design. A pedagogical design goal is to achieve what I term “embodied coherence” between learners actions, their goal-oriented objectives, and the concept to be learned.
A fun, representative project is the “Graph Hopper.” This design is intended to: 1) support young children’s conceptualization of number, 2) develop their ability to interpret graphic representations of data such as bar and line graphs, and 3) encourage physical exercise.