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Welcome to the MAGIC Lab at UW-Madison

The impulse to keep to yourself what you have learned is not only shameful, it is destructive. Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes. — Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

PUBLICATIONS

2022

Grondin, M. M. & Nathan, M. J. (July, 2022). An Analysis of Gesture-Speech Mismatch in Engineering. [Paper Presentation]. International Society of Gesture Studies 9. Loyola University, Chicago,  IL. ISGS. PDF

Grondin, M. M., Swart, M. I., Xia, F., & Nathan, M. J. (2022, June). Assessing engineering students’ embodied knowledge of torsional loading through gesture. (ASEE Paper ID #2022-383, pp. 1-14). Paper presentation to the American Society of Engineering Education ASEE 2022, Engineering Research Methods (ERM) Division. Minneapolis, MN: ASEE. PDF

Nathan, M. J., Walkington, C., & Swart, M. I. (2022, June). Designs for grounded and embodied mathematical learning. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences-ICLS2022 (pp. 179-186). Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences. PDF

N. B. Best Design Paper Award for ICLS 2022.

Nathan, M. J., Walkington, C., & Swart, M. I. (2022, July). Gesture production in geometry proof practices and education: Description, function, mechanism, and application to a digital embodied learning environment. Proceedings of the International Society of Gesture Studies 9. Loyola University, Chicago, IL. ISGS.

Schenck, K.E., & Nathan, M. J. (November, 2022). Spatial anxiety moderates the effect of spatial ability in geometric thinking. [Poster presentation]. North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Nashville, TN, United States. PDF

Schenck, K.E., Kim, D., Swart, M.I., & Nathan, M.J. (April, 2022). With no universal consensus, choice of spatial frameworks can affect model fitting and interpretation. [Paper presentation]. American Educational Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA, United States. PDF

Schenck, K.E., Swart, M.I., Hubbard, E.M., & Nathan, M.J. (July, 2022). Expanding understandings of embodied mathematical cognition in students’ fraction knowledge.[Poster presentation]. Proceedings of the Annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Toronto, Canada. PDF

Schenck, K.E., Walkington, C., & Nathan, M. J. (2022). Groups that move together, prove together: Collaborative gestures and gesture attitudes among teachers performing embodied geometry. In Sheila Macrine and Jennifer Fugate (Eds.)  Movement Matters: How Embodied Cognition Informs Teaching and Learning (pp. 131-145). MIT Press. PDF

Sung, H., Swart, M. I., & Nathan, M. J. (2022, April). Teaching teachers teaching students: How embodied cognition can help pre-service teachers assess students’ mathematical thinking. [Paper presentation]. American Educational Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA, United States. PDF

Sung, H., Swart, M. I., & Nathan, M. J. (2022, June). Methods for analyzing temporally entangled multimodal data. In Weinberger, A. Chen, W., Hernández-Leo, D., & Chen, B. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning -CSCL 2022 (pp. 242-249). Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences. PDF

N. B. Best Student Paper Award for CSCL 2022.

Walkington, C., Nathan, M. J., & Huang, W. (2022, April). Transforming teachers’ understanding of the possibilities for geometry instruction through virtual reality. In Symposium “Technologies for Situated, Grounded, Embodied Learning: The Unique Role of Extended Reality Experiences.” Paper presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. AERA.

Walkington, C., Nathan, M. J., Wang, M. & Schenck, K. (in press). The effect of cognitive relevance of directed actions on mathematical reasoning. Cognitive Science.

Walkington, C., Nathan, M.J., Hunnicutt, J., Washington, J., & Holcomb-Webb, K. (2022, June). Learning Geometry Through Collaborative, Embodied Explorations with Augmented Reality Holograms. In J. Oshima (Ed.) Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences-ICLS2022 (pp. 1992- 1993). Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences. PDF

Xia, F., Schenck, K., Kim, D., & Nathan, M. J. (2022, April). When conceptualization gets moving: Exploring how directed actions complement gestural insights for generating geometric reasoning. Paper presented at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA. AERA. PDF

Xia, F., Schenck, K.E., Swart, M.I., & Nathan, M.J. (2022, June). Directed actions scaffold gestural insights in geometric reasoning. In J. Oshima (Ed.) Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences-ICLS2022 (pp. 1982-1983). Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences. PDF

Xia, F., Schenck, K.E., Swart, M.I., & Nathan, M.J. (2022, June). The role of action-prediction in embodied mathematical reasoning. In J. Oshima (Ed.) Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences-ICLS2022 (pp. 1469-1472). Hiroshima, Japan: International Society of the Learning Sciences.  PDF

2021

Nathan, M. J. (2021). Foundations of embodied learning: A paradigm for education. Routledge. LINK

Xia, F., Swart, M.I., Kim. D., & Nathan, M.J. (2021). Eliciting Predictive Behaviors to Support Embodied Mathematical Cognition: Socially-distanced experimentation in the time of COVID-19. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. PDF

Swart, M.I., Schenck, K.E., Xia, F., Kim, D., Kwon, O.H., Nathan, M.J. & Walkington, C. (June, 2021). Embodiment as a Rosetta Stone: Collective Conjecturing in Multilingual Classroom Using a Motion Capture Geometry Game. Paper presented at the annual North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Conference. Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. PDF

Kim, D., Swart, M.I., Schenck, K.E. & Nathan, M.J. (2021). Grounded and embodied proof production: Are gestures and speech enough to produce deductive proof?. Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Bochum, Germany. PDF

Schenck, K.E. & Nathan, M.J. (2021). Exploring expanded notions of mathematical reasoning: Spatial systems, anxiety, and embodiment. Proceedings of the 2021 International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Bochum, Germany. PDF

Kirankumar, V., Sung, H., Swart, M., Kim, D., Xia, F., Kwon, O., Walkington, C., & Nathan, M. J. (2021). Embodied Trasmission of Ideas: Collaborative Construction of Geometric Content and Mathematical Thinking. In proceedings of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) Annual Meeting, Virtual conference. PDF

Swart, M., Kirankumar, V., Sung, H., Xia, F., Kim, D., Kwon, O., Walkington, C., Schenck, K., & Nathan, M. J. (2021). Embodied Transmission of Ideas: Mathematical Thinking Through Collaborative Construction of Geometry Video Game Content. In proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PDF

Sung, H., Swart, M., & Nathan, M. J. (2021). Enhancing K-12 Pre-service Teachers’ Embodied Understanding of the Geometry Knowledge through Online Collaborative Design. In proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PDF

Nathan, M. J., & Alibali, M. W. (2021). An embodied theory of transfer of mathematical learning. In Transfer of Learning (pp. 27-58). Springer, Cham. PDF

2020

Hall, A., Nathan, M., Swart, M., Fitzpatrick, S., Dolezalek, B., Correnti, R., Witherspoon, E., Matsumura, L. C., Walsh, M., Schunn, C., Stein, M. K., Nicholas, C., McClain, J., Rogers, M. P., Danish, J., Gibbons, L., Manz, E., Wilhelm, A., Bien, A., Kavanagh, S., Siy, E., Dutro, E., Ghousseini, H., Kazemi, E., Griesemer, C., Zivic, A., Edwards, K., Murzynski, C., Smith, J. F., Alzen, J. L., Passmore, C., Penuel, W. R., Reiser, B. J., Goldman, S., Ko, M., Herbst, P., Milewski, A., Ogan, A., Clarke, S., Gomoll, A., Zimmerman, J., Calvillo, J., & Gutierrez, K. (2020). Teachers Learning to Promote Classroom Discourse, Equity, Agency, and Engagement. In Gresalfi, M. and Horn, I. S. (Eds.), The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, 14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS) 2020, Volume 4 (pp. 2151-2158). Nashville, Tennessee: International Society of the Learning Sciences. PDF

Abrahamson, D., Nathan, M.J., Williams-Pierce, C., Walkington, C., Ottmar, E.R., Soto, H. & Alibali, M.W. (2020) The Future of Embodied Design for Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Front. Educ., 5-147. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2020.00147 PDF

Nathan, M.J., & Swart, M.I. (2020) Materialist epistemology lends design wings: Educational design as an embodied process. Eductational Technology Research and Development, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-020-09856-4. PDF

Vest, N.A., Fyfe, E.R., Nathan, M.J., & Alibali, M.W. (2020). Learning from an avatar video instructor: The role of gesture mimicry. Gesture, 19 (1), 128 – 155. PDF

Xia, F., Nathan, M. J., Swart, M. I., Schenck, K.E., and Kwon, O. (April, 2020). Does Click Matter? The Role of Text and Diagram on Geometric Reasoning and Gesture Production. Paper presented at the annual American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. PDF

Schenck, K.E. and Nathan, M.J. (April, 2020). Connecting Mathematics, Spatial Ability and Spatial Anxiety. Paper presented at the annual American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. PDF

Schenck, K.E., Michaelis, J.E., Swart, M. I., Xia, F., Nathan, M. J., and Walkington, C. (April, 2020). Mathematical Knowledge is Embodied: Synergistic Contributions of Gesture and Speech During Geometry Proof Production. Paper presented at the annual American Educational Research Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. PDF

Swart, M.I., Schenck, K.E., Xia, F., Kwon, O.H., Nathan, M.J., Vinsonhaler, R., & Walkington, C. (2020). Grounded and embodied mathematical cognition for intuition and proof playing a motion-capture video game. In Ilana Horn & Melissa Gressalfi (Eds.) Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Nashville, TN. PDF

Nathan, M. J., Schenck, K.E., Vinsonhaler, R., Michaelis, J., Swart, M., & Walkington, C. (2020). Embodied geometric reasoning: Dynamic gestures during intuition, insight, and proof. Journal of Educational Psychology. PDF

2019

Alibali, M.W., Nathan, M.J., Boncoddo, R., & Pier, E. (2019). Managing common ground in the classroom: Teachers use gesture to support students’ contributions to classroom discourse. ZDM, 51(2), 347 – 360. PDF

Fyfe, E.R., & Nathan, M.J. (2019). Making “concreteness fading” more concrete as a theory of instruction for promoting transfer. Educational Review, 71 (4), 403 – 422. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131911.2018.1424116 PDF

Nathan, M.J., Yeo, A., Boncoddo, R., Hostetter, A.B. & Alibali, M.W. (2019). Teachers’ attitudes about gesture for learning and instruction. Gesture, 18 (1), 31 – 56. https://doi.org/10.1075/gest.00032.nat PDF

Walkington, C., Chelule, G., Woods, D., & Nathan, M.J. (2019). Collaborative gesture as a case of extended mathematical cognition. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 55, 1-20. PDF

Pier, E. L., Walkington, C., Clinton, V. E., Boncoddo, R., Williams-Pierce, C., Alibali, M.A., & Nathan, M. J. (2019). Embodied Truths: How Dynamic Gesture and Transformational Speech Contribute to Mathematical Proof Practices. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 58, 44-57. PDF

Walkington, C., Woods, D., Nathan, M.J., Chelule, G., & Wang, M. (2019). Does restricting hand gestures impair mathematical reasoning? Learning and Instruction, 64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.learninstruc.2019.101225 PDF

Xia, F., Nathan, M.J., Schenck, K.E., Swart, M.I., Kwon, O., Michaelis, J.E., Binzak, J.V., McGinty, J., Visonhaler, R., and Walkington, C. (May, 2019). Examining the Effects of Geometric Scaffolds on Gesture Production. Poster presented at Embodied Design for Mathematical Imagination and Cognition NSF Workshop, Madison, WI. PDF

Schenck, K.E., Swart, M.I., Binzak, J.V., McGinty, J., Michaelis, J.E., Kwon, O., Visonhaler, R., Nathan, M.J., and Walkington, C. (May, 2019). Connecting to Geometric Proof Concepts using Gestures. Poster presented at Embodied Design for Mathematical Imagination and Cognition NSF Workshop, Madison, WI. PDF

2018

Nathan, M.J. & Swart, M.I. (2018). What makes math hard? 2018 Play Make Learn Conference. Madison, WI. PDF

Walkington, C., Swart, M.I., Nathan, M.J. (2018). Kinecting Geometry Concepts Using Gestures in Gaming. 2018 Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Greenville, SC. PDF

Alibali, M.W., & Nathan, M.J. (2018). Embodied Cognition in Learning and Teaching. In F. Fischer, C.E. Hmelo-Silver, S.R. Goldman, & P. Reimann (Eds.), International Handbook of the Learning Sciences (pp. 75 -85). Routledge. PDF