HBCSE events this week [17/10/2021 - 23/10/2021]


22Fri

Kumar Vishwakosh Meeting

Date: 22 October, 2021
Time: 11:30 - 13:00
Venue: NIUS Building Lecture Hall - G4

Coordinator: Shri V. D. Lale

Kumar Vishwakosh Meeting

22Fri

Ph.D Thesis Seminar by Mr. DurgaPrasad Karnam

Date: 22 October, 2021
Time: 14:30 - 16:30
Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dean's Office

Mode of Presentation:

Virtual Classroom Platform [Zoom meeting application]

Zoom link:

https://hbcse-tifr-res-in.zoom.us/j/95965146124?pwd=OUx2bVpuM3dwYUdmREx2UUNMc2ZnQT09

Meeting ID:

959 6514 6124

Passcode:

959672

Thesis Title:

Touchy Feely Vectors: A design-based study examining the role of representational media in STEM cognition

Abstract:

Recent theories argue that cognition, in general, is 'constituted', i.e. brought into being, by sensorimotor interactions between the body and the environment. Extensions of this constitutivity hypothesis' suggest that for the phenomena and models (in STEM) not directly accessible to sensorimotor interactions, cognition is through multiple external representations (MERs). This theoretical position leads to a corollary: the understanding and processing of STEM concepts may be shaped by representational media (text, animation, etc.) encoding the MERs.

To test this corollary, we examined: 1) how existing static media encoded a complex STEM modeling concept (vectors), and 2) whether the limitations of this media correlated with students' conceptual reasoning behaviour (CRB). Results indicated a possible correlation. To further investigate this, we: 1) designed a new media interface (Touchy-Feely Vectors, TFV), which compensated for the interaction limitations of textbook media, and 2) examined whether the principled design of TFV led to systematic changes in students' CRB. Results indicated a change in CRB correlated with the design. We then examined the robustness of this result, by augmenting existing textbook media using virtual lesson plans (co-designed with the teachers) based on TFV, and a larger field study (N=266) in real-world classroom situations. Results showed that both students' CRB and classroom teaching/learning practices changed.

These results, and the principled design rationale of the TFV system, together indicate that interactive affordances of representational media play a critical role in STEM cognition, thus supporting the constitutivity hypothesis, as well as recent 'field' theories of cognition. Further, our operationalization also illustrates a systematic approach to the design of digital media for STEM learning in developing nation contexts.

All are welcome to attend.

Today

Introduction to Cognition, Learning and Conceptual Change

Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

17 August to 28 December, 2021 (10:00 - 12:00)

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Graduate Courses

Understanding Teaching Practice

Every Wednesday (11:00-13:00) and Friday (11:00-13:00) from 11 August to 31 December, 2021

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dean's Office

Introduction to Academic Writing and Research Practices

Every Friday (14:00-16:00) from 13 August to 31 December, 2021

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dean's Office

Introduction to Cognition, Learning and Conceptual Change

Every Tuesday (10:00-12:00) and Saturday (11:00-13:00) from 17 August to 28 December, 2021

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dean's Office

Philosophy of Education

Every Monday (11:00-13:00) and Thursday (11:00-13:00) from 23 August to 30 December, 2021

Venue: Online Meeting/Video Conferencing

Coordinator: Dean's Office