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Embodied cognition in education

posted 21 May 2014, 05:16 by ICO Education   [ updated 21 May 2014, 05:16 ]
Symposium, Monday 23 June 2014, 10:00 – 16:30 h, Boothzaal, Universiteitsbibliotheek, Heidelberglaan 3, Utrecht

Organized by Arthur Bakker, Marieke van der Schaaf, Shakila Shayan, & Paul Leseman (Utrecht University)
Speakers: Dor Abrahamson (University of California, Berkeley), Raúl Sánchez-García (European University of Madrid), Wim Pouw (Erasmus University Rotterdam) -
Embodied cognition has been a central topic in cognitive sciences since there is increasing evidence that cognition can be embodied or extended beyond the body. This insight has major implications for how to conceptualize and identify embodied expertise, which in turn has excited educators and educational researchers to study how people can develop such embodied expertise. This promising area is clearly asking for further investigation. In this symposium the speakers and participants will address the following questions:

1. What is embodied cognition?
2. How does embodied cognition relate to dominant educational theories in terms of epistemological commitments and models of learning and teaching?
3. What are the implications of embodied cognition for educational design and teaching?

 A range of domains will be covered, including mathematics, science, sports, and music. One of the main topics addressed is how experts use visualizations in instruction in these domains. The examples are not only interesting but also fun. Apart from presentations there is ample room for interaction.

Registration is free (including lunch). This symposium is funded by Educational and Learning Sciences (Utrecht). For registration please send an email to Jacqueline Tenkink-de Jong: j.f.tenkink-dejong@uu.nl.