LEfall12

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), socio-constructivism (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 discussion-oriented, 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)
  • Wolff-Michael Roth (learning physics)
  • William Sandoval; Chinn and Samarapungavan (knowing in science)
  • du Boulay; Elliot Soloway; Robins, Rountree & Rountree (learning how to program)
  • Ann Brown (design-based research)
  • Donald Schön (“reflective practitioner”; knowing-in-action)
  • 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). Man-Computer 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. 219-245, 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

  • Wolff-Michael Roth (2006). Learning Science: A Singular Plural Perspective. Chapter 2, “Aporias of Order Production.”

Meeting 5 – Tue Oct 9

  • Wolff-Michael 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