“This is the size of one meter”: Children’s bodily-material collaboration and understanding of scale around touchscreens

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Abstract

In CSCL studies, language is often foregrounded as the primary resource for engaging in collaborative learning, while the body is more often positioned as a secondary resource. In this paper, we present, analyse and discuss how two nine-year-old children collaborate through gesturing and moving their bodies around a touchscreen. The pair is working with the concept of scale and are in midst of copying their rooms from paper to touchscreen. During this process, the pair engages in a discussion regarding the size of one meter through language, gestures and manipulation of the material resource. The analysis shows two distinct ways of understanding the length of one meter, which primarily is visible through the children’s gesturing and bodily movement. In conclusion, the analysis shows that children dynamically produce body-material resources for communicative and illustrative purposes; moreover, they use body-material as a cognitive tool and as a way of shepherding the other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring the Material Conditions of Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for CSCL : The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015
EditorsOskar Lindwall, Päivi Häkkinen, Timothy Koschmann, Pierre Tchounikine, Sten Ludvigsen
Number of pages8
Volume1
Place of PublicationGothenburg
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Publication dateJun 2015
Pages70-78
ISBN (Print)978-0-9903550-6-9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
EventExploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 7 Jun 201511 Jun 2015

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ConferenceExploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period07/06/201511/06/2015
SeriesExploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015
ISSN1573-4552

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Nominated for best paper

Keywords

  • touchscreens
  • video analysis
  • knowledge building
  • embodied interaction

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Davidsen, J., & Ryberg, T. (2015). “This is the size of one meter”: Children’s bodily-material collaboration and understanding of scale around touchscreens. In O. Lindwall, P. Häkkinen, T. Koschmann, P. Tchounikine, & S. Ludvigsen (Eds.), Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for CSCL: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015 (Vol. 1, pp. 70-78). Gothenburg: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015
Davidsen, Jacob ; Ryberg, Thomas. / “This is the size of one meter” : Children’s bodily-material collaboration and understanding of scale around touchscreens. Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for CSCL: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015. editor / Oskar Lindwall ; Päivi Häkkinen ; Timothy Koschmann ; Pierre Tchounikine ; Sten Ludvigsen. Vol. 1 Gothenburg : International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), 2015. pp. 70-78 (Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015).
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Davidsen, J & Ryberg, T 2015, “This is the size of one meter”: Children’s bodily-material collaboration and understanding of scale around touchscreens. in O Lindwall, P Häkkinen, T Koschmann, P Tchounikine & S Ludvigsen (eds), Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for CSCL: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015. vol. 1, International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), Gothenburg, Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, pp. 70-78, Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015, Gothenburg, Sweden, 07/06/2015.

“This is the size of one meter” : Children’s bodily-material collaboration and understanding of scale around touchscreens. / Davidsen, Jacob; Ryberg, Thomas.

Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for CSCL: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015. ed. / Oskar Lindwall; Päivi Häkkinen; Timothy Koschmann; Pierre Tchounikine; Sten Ludvigsen. Vol. 1 Gothenburg : International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), 2015. p. 70-78 (Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015).

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Davidsen J, Ryberg T. “This is the size of one meter”: Children’s bodily-material collaboration and understanding of scale around touchscreens. In Lindwall O, Häkkinen P, Koschmann T, Tchounikine P, Ludvigsen S, editors, Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: Opportunities and Challenges for CSCL: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015. Vol. 1. Gothenburg: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). 2015. p. 70-78. (Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference 2015).