Learning and Collaboration Technologies Best Paper Award

Certificate for best paper award of the 7th International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies. Details in text following the image

Certificate for Best Paper Award of the 7th International Conference on Learning and Collaboration Technologies

The award has been conferred to
Rhiannon Thomas Jha, Sara Price (University College London, United Kingdom),
Alison Motion (Learning Through Landscapes, United Kingdom)

Sara Price

for the paper entitled

"Designing ‘Embodied’ Science Learning Experiences for Young Children"

Presented in the context of
HCI International 2020
19-24 July 2020

Paper Abstract
"Research in embodied cognition emphasises the importance of meaningful ‘bodily’ experience, or congruent action, in learning and development [1]. This highlights the need for evidence-based design guidelines for sensorimotor interactions that meaningfully exploit action-based experiences, that are instrumental in shaping the way we conceptualise the world. These sensorimotor experiences are particularly important for young children as they can provide them with an embodied toolkit of resources (independent of language skills or subject specific vocabulary) that they can draw upon to support science ‘think’ and ‘talk’, using their own bodies to develop and express ideas through gesture, that are grounded on sensorimotoric representations from action experiences. Taking an iterative design-based research (DBR) approach [2], this paper reports the design, development and deployment of a programme of outdoor activities for children aged 4–6 years, that drew on embodied cognition theory to foster meaningful action in relation to ideas of air resistance. This research is relevant to researchers, practitioners and designers. It makes a contribution to learning experience design by making explicit the process of applying key components of embodied cognition theory to the design of science learning activities for early years, and how this can effectively inform digital design."

The full paper is available through SpringerLink, provided that you have proper access rights.