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Semiotic Resources and Disciplinary Literacy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Uppsala University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3244-2586
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this research project we focused on the different semiotic resources used in physics (e.g. graphs, diagrams, language, mathematics, apparatus, etc.). We were interested in the ways in which undergraduate physics students learn to combine the different resources used in physics in order to become “disciplinary literate” and what university lecturers do to help their students in this process. Comparative data on the disciplinary literacy goals of physics lecturers for their students was collected at five universities in South Africa and four universities in Sweden.

One of the main contributions of the project concerned what we termed the disciplinary affordance of a semiotic resource, that is, the specific meaning-making functions a particular resource plays for the discipline. We contrasted these meaning-making functions with the way that students initially viewed the same resource.

We proposed two ways that lecturers can direct their students’ attention towards the disciplinary affordances of a given resource. The first involves unpacking the disciplinary affordance in order to create a new resource with higher pedagogical affordance. Our second proposal involved the use of systematic variation in order to help students notice the disciplinary relevant aspects of a given resource. A total of 19 articles/book chapters were published as a direct result of this funding.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
Undergraduate physics Semiotic resources, Disciplinary literacy, Disciplinary affordance, Pedagogical affordance
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Other Physics Topics Didactics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167208DiVA, id: diva2:1298257
Conference
Vetenskapsrådet resultatdialog 2017, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm, Sverige, 23-24 november, 2017
Projects
VR projekt 2010-05780Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-03-24Bibliographically approved

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