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Title: Bridging the Divide: Exploring Affordances for Interdisciplinary Learning
Authors: Knowe, Madison
Gresalfi, Melissa
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Knowe, M. & Gresalfi, M. (2021). Bridging the Divide: Exploring Affordances for Interdisciplinary Learning. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 235-242). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This study investigates how the design of hybrid mathematics and computational activities influences the ways in which students leverage ideas from both disciplinary topics. We examine two design cycles of a computer programming summer camp for middle school students which foreground computational thinking and then mathematics alongside computational thinking respectively. We review the rationale for each design iteration, the trends we saw in students’ engagement, and the implications for students’ reasoning. Findings of this study demonstrate the importance of thinking critically about the boundary objects that are included in design that support students to make bridges between multiple disciplinary practices.
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