Åsa Harvard Maare: Collaborative problem-solving through embodied interaction

Welcome to a K3 seminar with Åsa Harvard Maare, Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication at K3. The title of the talk is:

Collaborative problem-solving through embodied interaction

It will take place on Wednesday, January 30, at 10.15-12.00 in The K3 Open Studio, NIC 0541, Niagara.

Below you will find an abstract for the talk.

In most scientific studies on collaborative problem-solving, it is framed as an outcome of – mainly – verbal interaction between problem-solvers. Collaborative problem-solving is achieved through negotiation, discussion, comparison. In this paper I want to approach collaborative problem-solving as a mainly embodied activity, regulated by gaze, body position, gesture, imitation etc.

The “problem” to solve is a geometrical problem expressed in visual form. Problem-solvers are 9-year old children working in pairs in the classroom during a mathematics lesson.

The method is interaction analysis. A video camera in the ceiling plus two handheld cameras document how problem-solvers take turns, observe other pairs, talk and interact, and to what extent these activities help them solve the problem.

What I will present during the seminar is the raw material (in spoken/discussed format) of a paper intended for the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and I look forward to all criticisms and constructive proposals that the participants may come up with.

Keywords: observational learning, motivation, learning design, ethnomethodology, interaction analysis


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