Interdisciplinary computing and the emergence of boundary objects

A case-study of dance and technology

Kayla DesPortes, Monet Spells, Betsy Disalvo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Many educational interventions involving computer science and engineering have created interdisciplinary educational experiences to contextualize the learning. These efforts have begun to help diversify computing and engineering by encouraging young people who are underrepresented in these fields to consider them from a different perspective. Computing projects in these environments are often collaborative and require students with varying backgrounds and perspectives to work together. We propose that the coordination between the participants is facilitated in the presence of their differences through the computational artifacts they create, which serve as boundary objects. Furthermore, integrating art into these interventions promotes abstract thinking, enabling the boundary objects to flow more seamlessly between weakly and strongly structured implementations and interpretations. We examine this proposition within a case study of a dance and technology workshop. We highlight how students and leaders negotiated and accepted differences within their perspectives and interpretations of the dances they created.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings
EditorsChee-Kit Looi, Joseph L. Polman, Peter Reimann, Ulrike Cress
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages890-893
Number of pages4
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)9780990355083
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Event12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Jun 20 2016Jun 24 2016

Other

Other12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period6/20/166/24/16

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Keywords

  • Boundary objects
  • Broadening participation
  • Computer science
  • Engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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DesPortes, K., Spells, M., & Disalvo, B. (2016). Interdisciplinary computing and the emergence of boundary objects: A case-study of dance and technology. In C-K. Looi, J. L. Polman, P. Reimann, & U. Cress (Eds.), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 890-893). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS).

Interdisciplinary computing and the emergence of boundary objects : A case-study of dance and technology. / DesPortes, Kayla; Spells, Monet; Disalvo, Betsy.

12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings. ed. / Chee-Kit Looi; Joseph L. Polman; Peter Reimann; Ulrike Cress. Vol. 2 International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), 2016. p. 890-893.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

DesPortes, K, Spells, M & Disalvo, B 2016, Interdisciplinary computing and the emergence of boundary objects: A case-study of dance and technology. in C-K Looi, JL Polman, P Reimann & U Cress (eds), 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings. vol. 2, International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), pp. 890-893, 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, ICLS 2016, Singapore, Singapore, 6/20/16.
DesPortes K, Spells M, Disalvo B. Interdisciplinary computing and the emergence of boundary objects: A case-study of dance and technology. In Looi C-K, Polman JL, Reimann P, Cress U, editors, 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings. Vol. 2. International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS). 2016. p. 890-893
DesPortes, Kayla ; Spells, Monet ; Disalvo, Betsy. / Interdisciplinary computing and the emergence of boundary objects : A case-study of dance and technology. 12th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2016: Transforming Learning, Empowering Learners, Proceedings. editor / Chee-Kit Looi ; Joseph L. Polman ; Peter Reimann ; Ulrike Cress. Vol. 2 International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), 2016. pp. 890-893
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