On the aesthetics of children's computational modeling for learning science

Amy Farris, Pratim Sengupta

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Abstract

We posit that in the context of learning science using generative computational media, the lens of aesthetic experiences can provide us with a framework to understand how learners begin to develop representational fluency by appropriating computational tools into personally meaningful, computational expressions. We report two cases to illustrate how students' experiences of computational modeling activities, using agent-based visual programming and musical composition environments, can represent Dewey's notion of aesthetic experience. We highlight two important aspects of the process through which children transform these computational tools into expressive media for modeling: engaging in personal excursions and leveraging multi-modality. The children's work was both personally meaningful and representative of the curricular goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of IDC 2013 - The 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Pages479-482
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 29 2013
Event12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2013 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2013Jun 27 2013

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period6/24/136/27/13

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Farris, A., & Sengupta, P. (2013). On the aesthetics of children's computational modeling for learning science. In Proceedings of IDC 2013 - The 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 479-482). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). https://doi.org/10.1145/2485760.2485847