Accepted Paper:

Mobility, acquisition of knowledge, and spatial visualization skills: their importance in the design of nano-materials  

Author:

Viviana Lebedinsky (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) Paris, France)

Paper short abstract:

Which is the contribution of the concept of "ambulatory knowledge" (Ingold 2000) to the study of the specific differences presented by Chemistry and Physics specialists with regard to the development of the spatial visualization skill? That is the objective we propose to develop in the paper.

Paper long abstract:

In The perception of the environment (2000), Tim Ingold reflects upon a way of knowledge acquisition, which the author conceptualizes as "ambulatory knowing".

The objective of the paper is to reflect upon the contribution of said concept to the study of the specific differences presented by Chemistry and Physics specialists with regard to the development of the spatial visualization skill, and to add elements of analysis which allow to go deep into the multiple aspects that the "ambulatory knowing" conceptual formulation entails.

Deepening on the disciplinary distinctions regarding the spatial visualization skill is complemented with the reflection upon the differences between experts and novices, with emphasis on the aspects to be developed in novices and on the importance of practice, with respect to learning and the increase of such skill.

The focus of the study on the skill of spatial visualization of phenomena and processes which, because of belonging to the world of matter at the nanoscale (one millionth of a millimeter), are inaccessible at a glance, is particularly important - as we argue - in the design of nanomaterials.

Examined in the case of scientists of the disciplines considered, the increase in the spatial visualization skill is explored with respect to a concept of mobility (Ingold 2000) which, without separating knowledge and its transfer of an experience located in an environment, contributes to the emergence and development of a framework of relationships among nodes, the study and research practices of which allow to refine such skills.

Panel WIM-GF05
Technology, movement, and the cultural production of meaning