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Embodied Cognition, Early Learning, and the potential of new technologies



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Speaker: Dr Andrew Manches

The Centre for Language and Communication Science Researchat the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Dr Andrew Manches from the University of Edinburgh as part of the research seminar series.


Many agree that ‘hands-on learning' is good for young children’s learning. But why? Is it simply more fun and sociable, or are there any more direct cognitive benefits? What determines our definition of ‘hands-on’? And what does this mean for technology that ultimately mediates our physical experiences?

This talk will draw upon several funded projects (ESRC/NSF/Carnegie/Wellcome) to examine the educational implications of recent theoretical arguments about the embodied nature of cognition. Video data from the project will be used to illustrate the methodological significance of the way children gesture when describing various concepts (focusing predominately on mathematics) and discuss the hypothesis that conceptual development is grounded upon embodied metaphors. This hypothesis has implications for the types of physical experiences we provide children to support their learning and the potential of emerging technologies.

About the speaker

Andrew Manches is a senior lecturer in the Learning Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, where he directs the Children and Technology group in the Digital Education Research Centre. Previously an Infant teacher, he is a design-based researcher focusing on the role of physical interaction in learning and the implications for emerging technologies. His work has been supported by various funders including a recently completed ESRC Future Research Leader grant, and he has recently begun his role as PI of the UK on a UK/US Science Learning+ project funded by the Wellcome/ESRC/NSF examining embodied learning in early science and the implications for museum exhibit design. Andrew is keen to realise the impact of his work and has spun out two educational technology start-up companies, one of which has developed a product informed by the research presented in his talk.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided from 12:45pm with the talk commencing at 1pm.

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12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 11th June 2018

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom

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