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Math-E-Motion: an embodied activity for improving spatial skills

Researchers from around the world have made efforts to improve students’ performance in STEM disciplines. However, emerging countries like Brazil still occupy very low ranking positions in global exams such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). One of the explanations might be students’ substantial deficiency in spatial skills. In fact, the National Curricular Parameters, an official educational guideline issued by the Brazilian government, does not even mention spatial skills. In my master's thesis, I have designed an embodied cognition activity called Math-e-motion that aims to improve students’ spatial thinking. This activity is carried out on a tiled floor made with cheap material and involves reasoning about cartesian coordinates. Preliminary results have shown that Math-e-motion can improve perspective changing, which is an essential skill to several fields of STEM disciplines.

Eloisa Neri de Oliveira

Eloisa Neri de Oliveira left sunny San Paulo, Brazil to come to chilly Kingston in February. Although the weather here was cold, she was very excited to be here and have the opportunity to work on her Master’s research with Dr. John Kirby.

While researchers from around the world have made efforts to improve students’ performance in STEM disciplines, students in Brazil had very low test results in STEM fields. Eloisa wanted to look into spatial skills and the impact they might have on students’ performance in STEM testing. 

Xu Jian

Xu Jian, a PhD candidate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has come to Queen’s to work with Dr. Liying Cheng on his dissertation that focuses on language testing and assessment, and language learning motivation.

Muhammed Yaqoob

Muhammed Yaqoob, a PhD student in Education at the Northern University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan, has come to the Queen’s University to work on his dissertation that focuses on the relationship of student’s attitudes, anxiety and their achievements in statistics at the higher secondary level (Grades 11 and 12) in Pakistan with Dr. John Kirby.

Building Bridges: An International Seminar on Arts Education and Sustainable Development

How does arts education fit into global plans for education, culture and sustainable development?  On Wednesday, March 8 the UNESCO Chair in Arts and Learning and Canadian Network for Arts and Learning will host Dr. Ernst Wagner, lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and executive coordinator of the The UNESCO Chair in Arts and Culture in Education at the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, for a seminar discussion. Dr. Wagner has been a key leader in international research in arts education and is one of the architects of the newly approved UNESCO UNITWIN Network in Arts Education for Sustainable Development.

Dr. Wagner’s brief presentation will be followed by complimentary refreshments and conversation.

Please join us!

When: 11 am, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Where: Vernon Ready Room, Faculty of Education, Queen’s University

For further information, please contact ben.bolden@queensu.ca