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Video Analysis to Real-Time Observation of Adult-Child Interaction: The Challenge of Translation

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Research in embodied cognition demonstrates the role of action and gesture as fundamental to learning, particularly around science ideas. Science centers aim to support visitors’ engagement with their exhibits, and encourage collaborative learning between adults and children. This paper discusses the process of co-development of an embodied scaffolding observation tool and presents findings and discussion on the challenges of translating between video and real-time observation methods with a focus on understanding the embodied nature of interaction at informal science-learning settings. Insights from video-analysis of adult-child interactions in a science center are presented in addition to how these are being used to develop a real-time observation tool focused on embodied interaction of adults when engaging with children at science exhibits.