Aim: Surveying across design research projects developed for different Special Education populations including autistic learners, blind learners, Deaf learners, and learners with high sensory regulation needs, Special Education Embodied Design (SpEED) sets out to develop guiding principles for building and running embodied design for special education students’ learning.
Background and Motivation: SpEEDsters are brought together by a common commitment to studying the implications of embodied cognition for learners in special education. With expertise in communication, sensory regulation, cognition, gesture, and mathematics learning, and with diverse design research projects serving different special education populations, SpEED looks to synthesize across disciplines to unpack the potential of embodied design for rethinking learning accessibility and guiding inclusive educational design.
Current Design-Based Research Projects:
Focus: The role of sensory regulation in learning for students with sensory hyposensitivity
Research questions: How do sensory regulation and conceptual learning impact each other? How might the integration of sensory-regulatory and math learning movements affect learning outcomes?
Focus: embodied and interactional practices of autistic individuals as they navigate their social and material world
Research questions: How can we reimagine communication and joint action in special education? How can design be used to surface the communicative competencies of autistic individuals?
Focus: The role of sign language in conceptualization of mathematical ideas and the individual and social learning processes of deaf and HoH students
Research questions: What can we learn about mathematical ideas and about learning mathematics through the students’ visual-spatial ways of mathematical interaction and reasoning? How can design approaches use the iconic/gestural potential of signs strengths to provide individual and social learning opportunities for deaf students and beyond?
Publications and Presentations:
Tancredi, S., Chen, R. S. Y., Krause, C., & Siu, Y.–T. (under review). The need for SpEED: Reimagining accessibility through Special Education Embodied Design. In S. L. Macrine & J.M. Fugate (Eds.), Movement matters: How embodied cognition informs teaching and learning. M.I.T. Press.
Tancredi, S., Chen, R., & Krause, C. The need for SpEED: special education embodied design. Presentation and panel presented at UC-SpEDDR, UCLA, February 2, 2020.
Chen, R. & Tancredi, S. Centering disability and neurodiversity in embodied design. Presentation at the EMIC Synthesis and Design Workshop: The Future of Embodied Design for Mathematical Imagination and Cognition, University of Wisconsin, Madison, May, 2019.