Co-thought gestures : supporting students to successfully navigate map tasks

Logan, Tracy, Lowrie, Tom, & Diezmann, Carmel M. (2014) Co-thought gestures : supporting students to successfully navigate map tasks. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 87(1), pp. 87-102.

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This study considers the role and nature of co-thought gestures when students process map-based mathematics tasks. These gestures are typically spontaneously produced silent gestures which do not accompany speech and are represented by small movements of the hands or arms often directed toward an artefact. The study analysed 43 students (aged 10–12 years) over a 3-year period as they solved map tasks that required spatial reasoning. The map tasks were representative of those typically found in mathematics classrooms for this age group and required route finding and coordinate knowledge. The results indicated that co-thought gestures were used to navigate the problem space and monitor movements within the spatial challenges of the respective map tasks. Gesturing was most influential when students encountered unfamiliar tasks or when they found the tasks spatially demanding. From a teaching and learning perspective, explicit co-thought gesturing highlights cognitive challenges students are experiencing since students tended to not use gesturing in tasks where the spatial demands were low.

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ID Code: 69744
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online: 24 March 2014
Keywords: Co-thought gestures, Map tasks, Spatial reasoning, Navigating
DOI: 10.1007/s10649-014-9546-2
ISSN: 1573-0816
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2014 23:04
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2014 04:25

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