Family meshworks: children’s geographies and collective ambulatory sense-making in an immersive mathematics exhibition

Molly L. Kelton, Jasmine Y. Ma, Cierra Rawlings, Bohdan Rhodehamel, Patti Saraniero, Ricardo Nemirovsky

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Abstract

We present a video-based study of family visits to Taping Shape, an immersive exhibition that allows visitors to explore the inside of geometric objects. The exhibition was designed to support embodied sense-making, intimacy, and material encounter with mathematical objects. This study builds on research on walking and movement as forms of place- and sense-making. We draw on the notion of a meshwork to examine how children and their families co-produce, develop familiarity with, and assemble meanings for the exhibition space. This case study focuses on 4-year-old Easton and his extended family, exploring how Easton’s talk and movements are part of an intergenerational meshwork that weaves together an emergent and distributed sense of place within the built geometries of Taping Shape. Our findings further considerations of embodiment and materiality in children’s geographies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-557
Number of pages15
JournalChildren's Geographies
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2018

Keywords

  • Meshworks
  • embodiment
  • family learning
  • informal mathematics education
  • space

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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