Sketching a pathway through design worlds: Multimodal communication in a fifth-grade collaborative engineering project

Michelle Jordan, Jamie M. Collins

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Abstract

This qualitative case study sought to understand how disciplinary literacy practices associated with engineering design were used to facilitate communication among the four fifthgrade members of one collaborative learning group engaged in brainstorming initial design ideas for a remote-controlled, paddle-propelled robotic watercraft. Specifically, we focused on understanding how sketching was used by group members and for what purposes. Analysis of nine student-generated sketches and discourse during the team's first work session suggested that sketching was "mixed and mashed" with other literacy acts to create design worlds, facilitate deep learning, and navigate pathways towards engineering goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages1010-1013
Number of pages4
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355083
StatePublished - 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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    Jordan, M., & Collins, J. M. (2016). Sketching a pathway through design worlds: Multimodal communication in a fifth-grade collaborative engineering project. In 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 1010-1013). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).