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Joshua A Danish
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Department:  Counseling and Educational Psychology
Affiliations:  Learning Sciences , Center for Research on Learning and Technology
 
About Me | Degrees | Publications | Presentations | Grant Funding | Awards
 

ABOUT ME

My research examines the reciprocal process through which individual students learn within complex social contexts, contexts that they in turn help to define through their ongoing activity. In particular, my research aims to advance the field’s understanding of how individuals in social contexts represent their ideas externally — both in the form of inscriptions, such as drawings or computational models, and in the form of speech and gesture. While I believe that representations play a role in all learning and development, my research tends to focus on two related areas of study — the way that young students learn about complex science concepts and the potential of computational tools to support educational activities.

A recent example of this work was the study of BeeSign, a computer simulation and curriculum that I developed to examine how kindergarten and first grade students can learn about the nectar gathering behavior of honeybee hives while developing and employing new representational practices. I am also currently involved in the designing the Semiotic Pivots and Activity Spaces for Elementary Science (SPASES) project. The SPASES project aims to use new sensing technologies—such as computer vision and Nintendo Wii controllers—to help transform young children’s physical actions during pretend play into a set of symbolic representations and parameters in a physics simulation.

For additional information, please see my website at http://www.joshuadanish.com.

DEGREES

Ph.D. Psychological Studies in Education, 2009, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

M.A. Psychological Studies in Education, 2005, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

B. S. Computer Science, 1997, Johns Hopkins University, Baltmore, MD

PUBLICATIONS
  • Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N., Parnafes, O. (2015). Socializing coordination class theory: the joint construction of public knowledge. In A. A. diSessa, M. Levin, N. J. S. Brown (Eds.), Knowledge and interaction: A synthetic agenda for the learning sciences. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Maltese, A. V., Danish, J. A., Bouldin, R. M., Harsh, J. A., Bryan, B. (2015). What are students doing during lecture" Evidence from new technologies to capture student activity. International Journal of Research Method in Education, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/1743727x.2015.1041492
  • Brown, N. J. S., Danish, J. A., Levin, M., diSessa, A. A. (2015). Competence Reconceived: The Shared Enterprise of Knowledge Analysis and Interaction Analysis. In A. A. diSessa, M. Levin, N. J. S. Brown (Eds.), Knowledge and interaction: A synthetic agenda for the learning sciences. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Danish, J. A., Saleh, A. (2015). The impact of classroom context upon 1st and 2nd grade students critical criteria for science representations. Instructional Science. doi: 10.1007/s11251-015-9355-8
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A. (2015). Learning Physics through Play and Embodied Reflection in an mixed-reality learning environment. In V. Lee (Ed.), Learning Technologies and the Body: Integration and Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning Environments. New York, NY.: Routledge.
  • Saleh, A., Danish, J., Enyedy, N., Lee, C. (2015). Assessing Young Childrens Cognition through Multi-Modal Interviews. In O. Lindwall, Hkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. Ludvigsen, S. (Ed.), Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference (Vol. 1). Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A., DeLiema, D. (2015). Liminal Blends: How students blend symbols, experiences, and their own bodies together in order to co-construct meaning in a collaborative augmented-reality learning environment. International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning.
  • DeLiema, D., Lee, V. R., Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N., Brown, N. J. S. (2015). A microlatitudinal/microlongitudinal analysis of speech, gesture, and representation use in a students scientific explanation of phase change. In A. diSessa, M. Levin, N. Brown (Eds.), Knowing and Learning in Interaction: Taylor and Francis.
  • Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N., Saleh, A., Lee, C., Andrade, A. (2015). Science Through Technology Enhanced Play: Designing to Support Reflection Through Play and Embodiment. In O. Lindwall, Hkkinen, P., Koschman, T. Tchounikine, P. Ludvigsen, S. (Ed.), Exploring the Material Conditions of Learning: The Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) Conference (Vol. 1). Gothenburg, Sweden: The International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. (2015). The Need for the Participants Perspective in a KAIA Joint Enterprise. In A. A. diSessa, M. Levin, N. J. S. Brown (Eds.), Knowledge and interaction: A synthetic agenda for the learning sciences. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Danish, J. A., Saleh, A. (2014). Examining How Activity Shapes Students Interactions While Creating Representations in Early Elementary Science. International Journal of Science Education, 1-21.
  • Andrade-Lotero, A., Danish, J. A. (2014). Advancing Epistemological Frame Analysis to Refine our Understanding of Inquiry Frames in Early Elementary Interviews. Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N., Parnafes, O. (2014). A Coordination Class in Interaction. Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A. (2014). Distributed acts of reflection: Embodied acts to focus and filter a jointly produced reflection. Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences. Boulder, CO: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N. (2014). Latour Goes to Kindergarten: Children Marshalling Allies In a Spontaneous Argument About What Counts as Science. Language Culture and Social Interaction.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A. (2015). Learning Physics through Play and Embodied Reflection in an mixed-reality learning environment. In V. Lee (Ed.), Learning Technologies and the Body: Integration and Implementation in Formal and Informal Learning Environments. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Danish, J. A.(2013). Applying An Activity Theory Lens to Designing Instruction For Learning About The Structure, Behavior, and Function of a Honeybee System. Journal of the Learning Sciences. 1-49.
  • Danish, J. A., Peppler, K., Phelps, D., Washington, D. (2011). Life in the Hive: Supporting Inquiry Into Complexity Within the Zone of Proximal Development. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
  • Andrade, L., Danish, J. A., Moreno, Y., Perez, L. (2013). Measuring Framing Differences of Single-Mouse and Tangible Inputs on Patterns of Collaborative Learning (full paper). In S. Puntambekar, N. Rummel, M. Kapur M. Nathan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Madison, WI.
  • Peppler, K., Danish, J. A. (2013). E-textiles for Educators: Participatory Simulations with e-Puppetry In L. Buechley, K. Peppler, M. Eisenberg Y. Kafai (Eds.), Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of E-textiles and Education.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A., DeLiema, D. (2013). Constructing and Deconstructing Materially-Anchored Conceptual Blends in an Augmented Reality Collaborative Learning Environment (full paper). In S. Puntambekar, N. Rummel, M. Kapur M. Nathan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Madison, WI.
  • Danish, J. A.(2013). Designing for Technology Enhanced Activity to Support Learning. The Journal of Emerging Learning Design (1).
  • Peppler, K., Danish, J. A., Phelps, D. (2013). Collaborative Gaming: Designing Board Games to Teach Young Children about Complex Systems and Collective Behavior. Simulation and Gaming.
  • Danish, J. A.,Saleh, A., Andrade, L. A. (2013). Designing Interactive Scaffolds to Support Teacher-Led Inquiry of Complex Systems Concepts. In S. Puntambekar, N. Rummel, M. Kapur M. Nathan (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. Madison, WI.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A., Delacruz, G., Kumar, M. (2012). Play and Augmented Reality in Learning Physics: The SPASES Project.
  • Danish, J. A.(2012). Designing Authentic Cross-Class Collaboration By Focusing On Activity. In R. Morgan (Ed.), Quick Hits Teaching with Technology: Successful Strategies by Award-winning Teachers. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A., Fields, D. (2011). Negotiating the Relevant in Culturally Relevant Mathematics. Canadian Journal for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education 11(3).
  • Danish, J. A.,Peppler, K., Phelps, D., Washington, D. (2011). Life in the Hive: Supporting Inquiry into Complexity Within the Zone of Proximal Development. Journal of Science Education and Technology.
  • Danish, J. A., Phelps, D. (2010). Representational Practices by The Numbers: How Kindergarten and First-Grade Students Create, Evaluate, and Modify Their Science Representations. International Journal of Science Education.
  • Danish, J. A., Phelps, D. (2010). Kindergarten and First-Grade Students Representational Practices While Creating Storyboards of Honeybees Collecting Nectar. In K. Gomez, L. Lyons J. Radinsky (Eds.), Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) - Volume 1, Full Papers (pp. 420-427). Chicago IL: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N. (2007). Negotiated Representational Mediators: How Young Children Decide What to Include in Their Science Representations. Science Education, 91(1), 1-35.

PRESENTATIONS
  • Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N., Peppler, K. (2015). Collective and Participatory Embodiment: Science through Technology Enhanced Play (STEP) BioSim. Paper presented at the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) Annual Conference, Montreal, CA.
  • Andrade, A., Danish, J. A., Delandshere, G., Saleh, A. (2015). Using a Multimodal Learning Analytic Technique to Find Epistemological Framing in Early Elementary Interviews. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association Chicago, IL.
  • Leeuw, J. d., Motz, B., Eastwood, J. L., Matlese, A., Goldstone, R., Danish, J. A. (2015). Needle in the Neural Haystack: Electroencephalograph Signatures of Concept Learning While Viewing Naturalistic Educational Materials. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association Chicago, IL.
  • Danish, J. A., Enyedy, N., Saleh, A., Andrade-Lotero, A., Lee, C. (2015). Science Through Technology Enhanced Play: Using Play and Embodiment to Promote Reflection About States of Matter. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association Chicago, IL.
  • Danish, J. A., Saleh, A., Andrade-Lotero, L. A. (2014). Software Scaffolds for Supporting Teacher-Led Inquiry into Complex Systems Concepts. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Danish, J. A., Saleh, A., Andrade-Lotero, L. A., Bryan, B. (2014). Observing Complex Systems Thinking in the Zone of Proximal Development. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Danish, J. A., Peppler, K. A., Phelps, D., Andrade-Lotero, L. A., Whiting, J. (2014). The Impact of Disciplinary Framing Upon Early Elementary Students Representational Critiques. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Danish, J.A.,Saleh, A. (2013, April). The Impact of Classroom Context Upon 1st and 2nd Grade Students Critical Criteria for Science Representations. Paper presented at the Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
  • Harsh, J., Maltese, A. V., Danish, J. A. (2013). Learning From the Learners Point of View: Using Cameras to Assess Undergraduate Science Educational Practices. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.
  • Bryan, B., Maltese, A. V., Danish, J., Liao, W., Bouldin, R. Harsh, J. (2013).What Are Students Doing While You Are Trying to Teach" Poster presented at AAAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
  • McWilliams, J., Keene, J., Danish, J. A., Saleh, A. (2013). I Hate That Word Savage/Dont Mind If You Use It: Exploring the Safe Space Construct. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.
  • Manlove, S. A., Day, S. B., Goldstone, R. L., Danish, J. A. (2012). Workshop on Transfer Across Science Domains through Simulations and Complex Systems Topics. Paper presented at the National Science Teachers Association Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Danish, J. A., Phelps, D. (2012). Collective Gaming: Lessons for Designing 21st-Century Classroom Learning. Paper presented at the The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Colombia.
  • Brown, N., Danish, J. A., DeLiema, D., Engle, R. A., Enyedy, N. D., Lee, V. R., Parnafes, O. (2012). Representations, Interlocutors, and Their Influences on Apparent Knowledgeability. Paper presented at the The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Colombia.
  • Peppler, K., Danish, J. A. (2012). E-Textiles for Educators: Participatory Simulations With E-Puppetry. Paper presented at the The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Colombia.
  • Saleh, A., Danish, J.A., Andrade Lotero, L. A., Phelps, D. (2012, April). Designing Using Object of Activity and Its Impact on Young Childrens Representations. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Colombia.
  • Danish, J.A.,Saleh, A., Andrade Lotero, L.A., Phelps, D. (2012, March). Student-Generated Representations as Tools for Reasoning in Science. Paper presented at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Danish, J. A., Saleh, A. (2011, March). Pilot Explorations of the iPad to Extend Classroom Collaboration. Paper presented at the Indiana University iConference, Bloomington IN.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A., Delacruz, G., Kumar, M., Gentile, S. (2011). Play and Augmented Reality in Learning Physics: The SPASES Project. In G. S. Hans Spada, Naomi Miyake, Nancy Law (Ed.), Connecting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning to Policy and Practice: CSCL2011 Conference Proceedings. Volume I Long Papers (pp. 216-223). Hong Kong, China: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Danish, J. A. (2011). The Primary Interactive Pathway: An Analytic Tool For Examining and Comparing Students Representational Activities. Paper to be presented at the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research.
  • Danish, J. A.(2010). The Primary Interactive Pathway: An Analytic Tool For Examining and Comparing Students Representational Activities. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Danish, J. A.,Peppler, K., Phelps, D. (2011). BeeSign: Designing to Support Mediated Group Inquiry of Complex Science by Early Elementary Students. Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A., Delacruz, G. (2010). Play and Augmented Reality in Learning Physics: The SPASES project. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver CO,
  • Chair.
  • Danish, J. A., Phelps, D. (2011). The Interactional Role of Kindergarten and First Grade Students Representational Practices. Paper to be presented at The Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Danish, J. A.,Peppler, K., Phelps, D. (2010). BeeSign: designing to support mediated group inquiry of complex science by early elementary students. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (pp. 182-185). Barcelona, Spain: ACM.
  • Honorable Mention Presentation for the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA)
  • Peppler, K., Danish, J. A., Zaitlen, B., Glosson, D., Jacobs, A., Phelps, D. (2010). BeeSim: leveraging wearable computers in participatory simulations with young children. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 246-249.
  • Enyedy, N., Danish, J. A., Fields, D., Kao, L., Hart, M., Mukhopadhyay, S. (2009). Negotiating the Relevant in Culturally Relevant Mathematics: The Community Mapping Project. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.
  • Danish, J. A. (2009). BeeSign: a Design Experiment to Teach Kindergarten and First Grade Students About Honeybees From a Complex Systems Perspective. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association.,

GRANT FUNDING
  • DIP: Science through Technologically Enhanced Play (STEP)
  • DIP: BioSim: Developing a Wearable Toolkit for Teaching Complex Science Through Embodied Play
  • EXP: Promoting Learning through Annotation of Embodiment (PLAE)
  • Representational Practices in Science and Language Arts: What?s the Difference and Why
  • Using the iPad to Support Representation in Graduate Seminars

AWARDS
  • Best Design Paper Award
  • Recipient of the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies
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