91.580.202 Learning Environments
Prof. Fred Martin,
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Tuesdays, 10:15a12:15p, 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
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
- Dijkstra, E. (1988). “On the cruelty of really teaching computer science.” http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/ewd10xx/EWD1036.PDF
- Papert, S. (1980). Mindstorms: Children, computers, and powerful ideas. Basic Books. http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/arvindgupta/mindstorms.pdf
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
- Scott Jaschik, “Casualty of the Math Wars,” Inside Higher Ed, October 15, 2012, http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/10/15/stanford-professor-goes-public-attacks-over-her-math-education-research
- Jo Boaler (1998). “Open and closed mathematics: Student experiences and understandings,” Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 29(1), pp. 42–62, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2307/749717.
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. 3558.
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. 333.
Meeting 2 – Tue Sep 19
- Lucy Suchman (1987). Plans and situated actions: The problem of human-machine communication. Cambridge University Press. Chapter 4, Situated Actions (pp. 49–67).
- Lucy Suchman (1995). Making work visible. Commun. ACM 38, 9 (September 1995), pp. 56–64. http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=223263.
Meeting 1 – Tue Sep 11
- Edith Ackermann, Piaget’s Constructivism, Papert’s Constructionism: What’s the difference?, http://learning.media.mit.edu/content/publications/EA.Piaget%20_%20Papert.pdf
- Seymour Papert and Sherry Turkle, Epistemological Pluralism, http://web.mit.edu/sturkle/www/pdfsforstwebpage/ST_Epistemo%20Pluralism.pdf