In this chapter, we argue that the learning sciences are poised for a " decade of synergy. " We focus on several key traditions of theory and research with the potential for mutually influencing one another in ways that can transform how we think about the science of learning, as well as how future educators and scientists are trained. The three major… (More)
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This article reports an exploratory study of how people see and explain a prominent exhibit (Tornado) at an interactive science museum (the Exploratorium). Our data was assembled using a novel, technically mediated activity system (Video Traces) that allowed visitors to reflect with an interviewer on video records of their own visits to the exhibit. We… (More)
Recent educational research has emphasized the centrality of identity to learning and development. In engineering education research and in STEM fields more broadly, formation of a professional identity is increasingly viewed as fundamental to learning, retention, and persistence, in particular with regard to historically underrepresented groups. This paper… (More)
We conducted a year-long, naturalistic study that investigated what actually happens when children watch television. We video-recorded children's actions and interactions while watching television and simultaneously recorded the video stream from the television screen; these data were supported with parent diaries and interviews with parents and children.… (More)
This paper uses the concept of division of labor (Strauss, 1985) to explore two design settings (a middle-school classroom and a professional architecture firm) where people use both computer and paper-based practices for designing. I report that in both settings collaborative labor is divided between designers who work on paper and draftspersons who work… (More)