Embodied Design Research Laboratory
The EDRL research group works around a theoretical strain (embodied cognition), a methodological line (design-based research), and a disciplinary emphasis (mathematics). Thus, the laboratory hosts the full cycle of design-research projects that are geared to contribute to theory and practice of multi-modal mathematical learning and reasoning as well as to design theory. Research-group participants share and present for discussion their own design-related work as they progress from tackling a design problem through to design, implementation, data analysis, and writing up for publication.
In this research group, we: (a) design, build, and field-test learning environments that foster K-16 students' inquiry-based learning of targeted mathematical concepts; (b) develop methodologies that enable us to elicit the data we need for inquiring into questions that go beyond "Did it work?" to exploring how and why things work; (c) analyze videotaped data and student artifacts to contextualize discussions of relations among objects, media, activities, perception, and reasoning; and (d) draw on relevant literature, such as work pertaining to design frameworks, to improve our designs, enrich our interpretation of data, and articulate and present our work such that it addresses the needs and interests of a broad community of education researchers and practitioners.