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Abstract Title: Students' hand gestures in a virtual hands-on environment
Abstract: Modern equipment, such as tablets and interactive whiteboards, allows an investigative and hand-on approach to new topics. The poster will present how small groups of high-school students engaged in the investigation of planetary motion by creating and throwing planets into orbits around the Sun. We were particularly interested in how students communicated within the group during the investigative activity. We have seen that hand gestures played a central role in their discussions. The poster will address the role of gesture in scientific discourse and show and analyze examples of students' hand gestures from the observed activities. We argue that an environment that catalyzes student use of gesture is a good starting point for engaging students in scientific discourse.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bor Gregorcic
University of Ljubljana, Uppsala University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers Unversity
Gorazd Planinsic, University of Ljubljana