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Conceptual blending: analysis of a computer-supported collaborative learning activity in physics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. (Division of Physics Education Research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics. (Division of Physics Education Research)
2016 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

New technologies significantly expand possibilities for student learning. The interactive whiteboard (IWB), combined with appropriate software is one example of a tool that allows students to engage with one-another and with the topic of instruction in new ways. We use the framework of conceptual blending to analyse a small group activity in which 3 students use the IWB in combination with Algodoo software in an investigative learning sequence, where they explore the orbital motion of planets. The IWB-Algodoo setup allows students to “throw” planets into different orbits around the Sun. In terms of conceptual blending, the IWB-based interactive learning environment brings about multiple compressions of the astronomical scale of space and time to everyday human scale, making them more accessible for student inquiry. The intertwined embodied and social nature of student interactions presents a challenge for analysis and understanding. The framework of conceptual blending, sharing many ideas with the conceptual metaphor and knowledge-in-pieces frameworks, allows us to address the learning activity in which students bring together their diverse ideas from physics instruction, the knowledge and experience with computers, and their experience of the world around them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
conceptual blending, collaborative inquiry, interactive whiteboard, astronomy, orbital motion, embodied cognition
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Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308322OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308322DiVA: diva2:1049381
Conference
EARLI SIG meeting on Conceptual Change
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-24 Last updated: 2016-11-24

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