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How sensorimotor interaction shapes and supports young children's gestural communication around science

Thomas, R; Price, S; Nygren, M; Glauert, E; (2021) How sensorimotor interaction shapes and supports young children's gestural communication around science. International Journal of Science Education , 43 (8) pp. 1292-1313. 10.1080/09500693.2021.1909771. Green open access

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Abstract

Research has demonstrated that gesture produced during conversation can provide insights into scientific thinking and can aid scientific communication in adults and school-aged children. However, to date, there has been a limited exploration into the role of gesture in supporting young children’s science communication, and how this is underpinned and shaped by their sensorimotor experiences. This study examines, identifies and conceptualises ways in which children spontaneously used gesture during their interaction-orientated discourse and how this mapped to their action experiences at a water table. Findings show how gestural communication in children under 5 years of age can convey different levels of complexity related to science thinking.

Type: Article
Title: How sensorimotor interaction shapes and supports young children's gestural communication around science
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09500693.2021.1909771
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2021.1909771
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Children, gestures, communication, thinking, science
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10126841
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