Dana Rosen Humanities and Social Science
What in the World is This? Discovering Meaning Through Situational Narrative
Imagine two hot air balloons that leave the ground at the same time. As they rise, one of them moves faster than the other and the distance between them grows as they get higher. Proportionality is everywhere in our world, as are many other mathematical concepts that we dont consider day-to-day, which teachers often refer to real-world situations in the math classroom. However, educational reformers debate whether students should begin learning concepts from abstract producers or concrete situations. The embodied cognition approach reconciles these two approaches, suggesting that we should enter a new bodily scheme and then ground this in concrete situations and abstract towards symbols. This summer, Ill work with an interactive device that facilitates visualizations of proportion and sheds light on learners conceptual understandings that originate from bodily experience. What narratives do students bring from their own experiences, and how can we use fabricated narratives to ground an emerging concept? I will research how we can incorporate narrative situations into embodiedagent-based mathematics learning environments. I hope my research provides a foundation for new iterations of emerging educational technology and developments in mathematics curriculum.