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Title: Interface Tangibility and Gesture in Mediating Individual Agency Within Group Spatial Problem Solving with an Ecosystem Simulation
Authors: Kwah, Helen
Lyons, Leilah
Ching, Dixie
Eck, Adam
Soh, Leen-Kiat
Brassil, Chad
Issue Date: Jun-2013
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Kwah, H., Lyons, L., Ching, D., Eck, A., Soh, L., & Brassil, C. (2013). Interface Tangibility and Gesture in Mediating Individual Agency Within Group Spatial Problem Solving with an Ecosystem Simulation. In Rummel, N., Kapur, M., Nathan, M., & Puntambekar, S. (Eds.) (2013). To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings Volume 1 - Full Papers &Symposia. International Society of the Learning Sciences. pp. 264-271.
Abstract: This paper examines how a tangible interface facilitates gesture-mediated spatial reasoning during collaborative problem solving, as evidenced by sensitivity to emergent spatial patterns within a complex system simulation of a watershed. We tested the interface against two non-tangible input comparison conditions (single- and multi-mouse) to control for access differences. To determine if groups' solutions displayed sensitivity to emergent spatial patterns, we constructed a quantitative "dynamism" measure, and found that solutions produced in the tangible condition were significantly more spatially sensitive. To better understand why, we conducted a case study by selecting two representative participant groups and performing qualitative multimodal analyses of participant speech and gesture. Our findings indicate that the tangible interface's greater affordance of gesture allowed participants to express concepts containing both spatial and temporal properties, with the added benefit of increasing the agency of less-verbally participatory group members to explore and contribute their ideas more equitably.
URI: https://doi.dx.org/10.22318/cscl2013.V1-264-271
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