The 3 figures on this page introduce an approach to visualizing people's collaborative interaction called interaction geography. This approach extends and integrates Torsten Hägerstrand’s innovative work on time geography with contemporary work in learning sciences.
This 1st figure illustrates how a 6-year-old boy’s (Blake’s) seemingly erratic movement patterns in a museum gallery space are actually intentional efforts to engage and learn. For example, the figure highlights Blake’s repeated and eventually successful efforts to lead his sister's fiancé Adhir on a pedaogical "tour" of other exhibits.
This 2nd figure illustrates Blake, Adhir and the rest of their family’s engagement with the previously shown gallery space. In particular, this figure shows how this family intimately and repeatedly engaged with a semi-circular set of exhibits dedicated to famous Bluegrass and Country music artists including Hank Williams, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Maybelle Carter.
This 3rd, 4th and 5th figures show the physical movement, conversation, and personal curation respectively of 4 different families (columns in each figure) in three gallery spaces (rows in each figure) over space and time. Personal curation is traces of movement when visitors are using their cell phones/cameras to take photographs/videos and/or use social media to share their experiences with others not present during their visit to these gallery spaces. The Taylor Swift Family (4th column in each figure) did not visit the Rotunda Gallery (3rd row in each figure). Thus, in the bottom right of each figure, all movement, conversation, or personal curation in each gallery space is shown across a floor plan of the museum.
Shapiro, B.R., & Hall, R. (2017). Making Engagement Visible: The Use of Mondrian Transcripts in a Museum. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference for Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, (Vol. 1, pp. 33-40). Philadelphia, PA: International Society of the Learning Sciences. [Award for Best Design Paper]
This ongoing work is made possible by wonderful collaborations with our museum partners, many generous museum visitors and families who participated in this research, Vanderbilt University's Space, Learning & Mobility Lab and the National Science Foundation.