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Embodiment in physics learning: A social-semiotic look
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0526-3005
Dragonskolan, Umeå, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
2019 (English)In: Physical Review Special Topics : Physics Education Research, ISSN 1554-9178, E-ISSN 1554-9178, Vol. 15, no 1, article id 010134Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we present a case study of a pair of students as they use nondisciplinary communicative practices to mechanistically reason about binary star dynamics. To do so, we first review and bring together the theoretical perspectives of social semiotics and embodied cognition, therein developing a new methodological approach for analyzing student interactions during the learning of physics (particularly for those interactions involving students’ bodies). Through the use of our new approach, we are able to show how students combine a diverse range of meaning-making resources into complex, enacted analogies, thus forming explanatory models that are grounded in embodied intuition. We reflect on how meaning-making resources—even when not physically persistent—can act as coordinating hubs for other resources as well as how we might further nuance the academic conversation around the role of the body in physics learning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. Vol. 15, no 1, article id 010134
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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-384262DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.15.010134ISI: 000470889500001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384262DiVA, id: diva2:1319610
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-04113
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Title in Licentiate thesis list of papers: A social-semiotic look at embodiment in physics learning

Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-08-09Bibliographically approved
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1. Perspectives on the role of digital tools in students' open-ended physics inquiry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Perspectives on the role of digital tools in students' open-ended physics inquiry
2019 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this licentiate thesis, I present detailed case studies of students as they make use of simulated digital learning environments to engage with physics phenomena. In doing so, I reveal the moment-to-moment minutiae of physics students’ open-ended inquiry in the presence of two digital tools, namely the sandbox software Algodoo and the PhET simulation My Solar System (both running on an interactive whiteboard). As this is a topic which has yet to receive significant attention in the physics education research community, I employ an interpretivist, case-oriented methodology to illustrate, build, and refine several theoretical perspectives. Notably, I combine the notion of semi-formalisms with the notion of Newtonian modeling, I illustrate how Algodoo can be seen to function as a Papertian microworld, I meaningfully combine the theoretical perspectives of social semiotics and embodied cognition into a single analytic lens, and I reveal the need for a more nuanced taxonomy of students’ embodiment during physics learning activities. Each of the case studies presented in this thesis makes use of conversation analysis in a fine-grained examination of video-recorded, small-group student interactions. Of particular importance to this process is my attention to students’ non-verbal communication via gestures, gaze, body position, haptic-touch, and interactions with the environment. In this way, I bring into focus the multimodally-rich, often informal interactions of students as they deal with physics content. I make visible the ways in which the students (1) make the conceptual connection between the physical world and the formal/mathematical domain of disciplinary physics, (2) make informal and creative use of mathematical representations, and (3) incorporate their bodies to mechanistically reason about physical phenomena. Across each of the cases presented in this thesis, I show how, while using open-ended software on an interactive whiteboard, students can communicate and reason about physics phenomena in unexpectedly fruitful ways.

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2019. p. 170
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214
Keywords
digital learning environments, modeling, semi-formalisms, microworlds, social semiotics, embodied cognition, disciplinary-relevant aspects
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Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-382750 (URN)
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2019-05-29, 4001, Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 08:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-08-08 Created: 2019-05-02 Last updated: 2019-08-09Bibliographically approved

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