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91.580.202 Learning Environments Fall 2012 Prof. Fred Martin, click for fred's email Tuesdays, 10:15a–12:15p, OS210A
Learning Environments is a reading/discussion/writing course focusing on the intersection of technology, pedagogy, and learning.
We will review learning theories of constructivism (Piaget), socioconstructivism (Vygotsky), and constructionism (Papert). Then we will read and discuss pedagogical approaches and technological supports for learning in a variety of specific domains, including mathematics, science, and computer science.
The class will be reading and discussionoriented, with some writing assignments over the semester. A term paper will be assigned.
Here is a partial list of authors whom we will read:
 Seymour Papert (constructionism; learning with computers)
 Sherry Turkle (how things mediate thinking)
 Edith Ackermann (discussion of learning theories; kids' relationships with tangible objects; constructionism)
 Richard Lesh (learning to think mathematically)
 WolffMichael Roth (learning physics)
 William Sandoval; Chinn and Samarapungavan (knowing in science)
 du Boulay; Elliot Soloway; Robins, Rountree & Rountree (learning how to program)
 Ann Brown (designbased research)
 Donald Schön (“reflective practitioner”; knowinginaction)
 Lucy Suchman
 Lave/Wenger  Communities of Practice / Legitimate Peripheral Participation
Assignments
Readings
Should be done before the meeting time listed.
Meeting 13  Tue Dec 4
 Keller, E. F. (1985). Reflections on Gender and Science. Yale University Press. Introduction, Ch. 2, Ch. 7.
Meeting 12  Tue Nov 27
 Sackman, H. (1970). ManComputer Problem Solving. Auerbach Publishers Inc. Ch 1–3.
Meeting 11  Tue Nov 20
 Weinberg, G. (1971). The Psychology of Computer Programming. Van Nostrand Reinhold Co. Ch 1–4.
Meeting 10  Tue Nov 13
 Morgan, C. (2006). “What does social semiotics have to offer mathematics education research?”, Educational Studies in Mathematics, Vol. 61, No. 1/2, Semiotic Perspectives in Mathematics Education: A PME Special Issue (2006), pp. 219245, Springer. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25472066
Meeting 9  Tue Nov 6
Meeting 8 – Tue Oct 30
 Robins, A., Rountree, J., & Rountree, N. (2003) “Learning and Teaching Programming: A Review and Discussion,” Computer Science Education, 13(2), pp. 137–172.
Meeting 7 – Tue Oct 23
Meeting 6 – Tue Oct 16
 WolffMichael Roth (2006). Learning Science: A Singular Plural Perspective. Chapter 2, “Aporias of Order Production.”
Meeting 5 – Tue Oct 9
 WolffMichael Roth (2006). Learning Science: A Singular Plural Perspective. Preface, Introduction, and Chapter 1, “Aporias of Perception in Science.”
Meeting 4 – Tue Oct 2
 Richard Lesh and Helen M. Doerr (eds.) (2003). Beyond Constructivism: Models and Modeling Perspectives on Mathematics Problem Solving, Learning, and Teaching. Chapter 2, “Model development sequences” (Lesh, Cramer, Doerr, Post, and Zawojewski), p. 35–58.
Meeting 3 – Tue Sep 26
 Richard Lesh and Helen M. Doerr (eds.) (2003). Beyond Constructivism: Models and Modeling Perspectives on Mathematics Problem Solving, Learning, and Teaching. Chapter 1, “Foundations of a models and modeling perspective on mathematics teaching, learning, and problem solving” (Lesh and Doerr), p. 3–33.
Meeting 2 – Tue Sep 19
Meeting 1 – Tue Sep 11
