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Title: Exploring the Link Between Cognitively Relevant Actions and Geometric Reasoning: A Pilot Study
Authors: Kim, Doy
Nathan, Mitchell J.
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Kim, D. & Nathan, M. J. (2023). Exploring the link between cognitively relevant actions and geometric reasoning: A pilot study. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 834-837). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: The potential of grounded cognition and action-based learning is garnering increasing attention. This pilot study investigates the effect of performing cognitively relevant actions and the role of simulated action through gesturing on geometric reasoning. The results suggested that directing students to perform cognitively relevant actions led to a lower likelihood of correct intuition and insight formulation but a higher likelihood of correct proof formulation. Meanwhile, prompting students to use gestures was associated with a higher likelihood of correct intuition, insight, and proof formulation. However, the effects were not statistically distinguishable from zero. Nevertheless, the results hinted at a promising direction for further research into the moderating effect of simulated action. This investigation offers insight into embodied learning design and contributes to the discussion of the pedagogical potential of body movements to improve students' geometric reasoning.
Description: Short Paper
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