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Title: Mathematical Physical Research: Mathematical agency in the practices of professional dancers
Authors: Vogelstein, Lauren
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Vogelstein, L. (2021). Mathematical Physical Research: Mathematical agency in the practices of professional dancers. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 299-306). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Research in embodied mathematics has shown that the body is fundamental to understanding mathematics, yet how to support learners in seeing and leveraging these connections remains an open question. This paper explores how bodies, a vital resource for intuitive sensemaking, can be leveraged to support agentic forms of mathematics learning that foregrounds the interpersonal relationships learners cultivate. To do this I studied professional dancers who used their embodied practices to explore and choreograph mathematical ideas. I traced these dancers’ practice, physical research, from the dance studio to their participation in a double stimulation experiment in which they were asked to reenact mathematically salient choreography from a large-scale ensemble performance. This paper takes up recent methodological calls in the learning sciences to use the relational histories of learners in their embodied practices of disciplinary learning.
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