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