Emotional Configurations Across Learning Environments

Joe Curnow, Shannon Davidson, Lama Jaber, Kathryn Lanouette, Sherry A. Southerland, Tanner Vea, Philip Bell, Suraj Uttamchandani

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Building on Vea’s (2000b) emotional configurations perspective, this symposium examines emotion and learning across a range of environments representing science education and explicitly politicized contexts. An emotional configurations perspective denaturalizes supposedly individual, internal, and discrete emotion states and instead foregrounds the ways that participants in social activity coordinate relationships between feeling, sense-making, and practice. In these four studies, we argue that emotionality should be more centrally interrogated in learning sciences research because it shapes what is learned and how learning unfolds, and itself becomes part of learning outcomes. The combined work makes theoretical contributions by interweaving emotion within sociocultural theories of learning and methodological contributions by sharing productive approaches to centering emotion as an object of analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISLS Annual Meeting 2021 Reflecting the Past and Embracing the Future - 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2021
EditorsErica de Vries, Yotam Hod, June Ahn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781737330615
StatePublished - 2021
Event15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Jun 8 2021Jun 11 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS
ISSN (Print)1814-9316


Conference15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2021
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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