Coordinator: Dr. Reema Mani
Coordinator: Prof. Jyotsna Vijapurkar
Dr. Pratim Sengupta, Associate Professor of Learning Sciences Research Chair of STEM Education, University of Calgary
Design-based research (DBR) has been widely acknowledged as “the” distinguishing methodology in the Learning Sciences. Graduate textbooks and papers on design-based research highlight iterative refinement and engagement with the participants and the context as central to DBR. The primary concern of this talk is to dig deeper beneath the sometimes-useful clich ?es of design and participation, and illustrate a more fundamental mosaic that has largely been ignored by DBR scholars: the relationship between methodology and epistemology in the Learning Sciences. I will first trace a historical arc of the scholarship on DBR in the Learning Sciences which largely argues for theory development as phenomenological reflections (c.f. Merleau-Ponty). I will then share a few vignettesfrom my own scholarship on the design and study of agent-based computing in public education. I will argue for re-positioning DBR as critical phenomenology, merging critical theoretical and phenomenological traditions in the inquiry of learning, technology and design.
Dr. Pratim Sengupta’s research has primary focused on developing, designing and studying agent-based computational systems (modeling platforms, programming languages and simulations) that can make complex scientific phenomena accessible to newcomers to STEM disciplines through democratizing computational modeling. His recent work, along with Dr. Marie-Claire Shanahan, focuses on developing immersive, open source, “public computing” environments for open science in public spaces and museums. He is the recipient of US National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, and his public computing installations have been featured as at Museum of Modern Art (New York), Telus SPARK Science Center (Calgary), Bell Studio - National Music Center (Calgary), etc. Until 2015, Dr. Sengupta was a professor at Vanderbilt University, USA, where he co-founded and chaired the Learning Sciences PhD program. He is currently the Research Chair of STEM Education and an Associate Professor of Learning Sciences at University of Calgary, Canada. An alumnus of North-western University, USA, I.I.T Kharagpur and Presidency College, Kolkata, Dr. Sengupta is the author of the forthcoming book Voicing Code in STEM: A Dialogical Imagination (MIT Press; Co-authors: Dr. Amanda Dickes, Harvard University and Dr. Amy Farris, Penn State University).