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A Social Semiotic Approach to Teaching and Learning Science
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. Stockholm University. (Physics Education Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3244-2586
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

A social semiotic approach to teaching and learning science.

In this presentation I will discuss the application of social semiotics to the teaching and learning of university science. Science disciplines leverage a wide range of semiotic resources such as graphs, diagrams, mathematical representations, hands on work with apparatus, language, gestures etc. In my work I study how students learn to integrate these resources to do physics and what teachers can do to help them in this process. Over the years, a number of theoretical constructs have been developed within the Physics Education Research Group in Uppsala to help us to better understand the different roles semiotic resources play in learning university physics. In this presentation I will explain some of these terms and give examples of their usefulness for teasing out how learning is taking place.

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Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm, 2018.
Keywords [en]
Social Semiotics, Disciplinary affordance, Pedagogical affordance, Critical constellations, Disciplinary discernment
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Other Physics Topics Didactics
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353457OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-353457DiVA, id: diva2:1217411
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Plenary Speaker, Research day, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Stockholm University
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Swedish Research Council, VR 2016-04113Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2018-06-15Bibliographically approved

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