The Nature(s) of Embodied Mathematical Failure

Amber Simpson, Caro Williams-Pierce, Ekta Shokeen, Nihal Katirci, Hortensia Soto, Justin Baker, David DeLiema, Manu Kapur, Amy Ellis, David Plaxco, Martha W. Alibali, Dennis Ramirez

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The purpose of this symposium is to consider the embodied nature of failure in different learning environments, contexts, mathematical situations, and age groups. Our exploratory work was guided by the following questions: (a) How is failure represented through our bodily actions? (b) How is failure co-constructed through our bodies? (c) How are our reactions to failure embodied? (d) How might embodied failure be framed or conceptualized across mathematical situations? We explore these questions through a close examination of the intersection of embodied cognition, failure, and mathematical activity as presented and challenged by a diverse spectrum of scholars. While grounded in mathematical activity, this symposium will contribute to the ongoing state of learning science research regarding how the mind, body, and environment work together to highlight student's reasoning and thinking, particularly within moments of failure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Collaboration toward Educational Innovation for All
Subtitle of host publicationOverarching Research, Development, and Practices - 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
EditorsClark Chinn, Edna Tan, Carol Chan, Yael Kali
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330653
StatePublished - 2022
Event16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022 - Virtual, Online, Japan
Duration: Jun 6 2022Jun 10 2022

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NameProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
ISSN (Print)1814-9316


Conference16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2022
CityVirtual, Online

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