Food for Thought
The goal of the Food for Thought project is to understand how collaborative learning activities can be used to support the development of data literacy, with a focus on climate change.
The project team developed an app that combined food choice, calories and costs (topics familiar to students) with data about the amount carbon and water that it takes to produce each food item. Students worked collaboratively to create meals, and were prompted to discuss the data describing the environmental impact of their choices.
The research team is examining:
How students collaborate to make sense of multiple sources of data.
The features of the classroom activity and the app that are associated with more complex discussions around the data.
The design features that supported or limited the students’ engagement with the content.
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Emma Mercier (PI)
Jefferson Middle School
This project was funded by the Illinios Campus Research Board Arnold O. Beckman award (Award number: RB15253)
Publications & Conferences
Kelly, S. B., Lawrence, L., & Mercier, E. (2017). Engaging everyday science data to help make sense of data. In B. K. Smith, M. Borge, E. Mercier, & K.Y. Lim (Eds.), Making a Difference—Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL: The 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Philadelphia: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Kelly, S. B., Lawrence, L., & Mercier, E. (2017, April). Student collaboration to build joint understanding of data. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
Lawrence, L., Kelly, S. B., & Mercier, E. (2017, April). Designing for data literacy with collaboration and multi-touch technology. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
In the News
The News-Gazette | May 1, 2017
College of Education | May 2, 2017
Business Standard | May 23, 2016
Big Think | May 20, 2016
Take Apart | June 5, 2016
Queminova | June 6, 2016
The Big Ten Network | May 22, 2016
Psyh Org | May 19, 2016
Consumer Affairs | May 27, 2016
Lady Freethinker | December 12, 2016
Pune Mirro | May 24, 2016
The Free Press Journal | May 23, 2016
The Siasat | May 24, 2016
Parent Herald | May 24, 2016