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Using Conceptual Blending to Analyze Student Inquiry in Computer-based Environments
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 (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Modern digital technologies allow students to engage in inquiry-based activities in topics that have traditionally been out of experimental reach, such as astronomy and particle physics. An expert-like understanding of a topic requires recognition and awareness of the different roles of formalisms, computer simulations, and physical experiments. Conceptual blending (also known as conceptual integration) is a framework for describing cognitive processes. We will illustrate how conceptual blending can be used to interpret how students make sense of the motion of stellar objects, as they explore them in an interactive whiteboard-based investigative group activity. Main findings include that students quickly accept the idea of being able to throw planets into orbit in the interactive computer environment. For consolidation of learning and for building an expert-like understanding, experiences from this playful activity and from everyday life have to be projected onto formal physics theory. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
conceptual blending, computer-supported collaborative learning, inquiry, embodied cognition, astronomy, Kepler's laws
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Other Physics Topics
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308330OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308330DiVA: diva2:1049405
Conference
AAPT Summer Meeting 2016 in Sacramento, CA, USA
Available from: 2016-11-24 Created: 2016-11-24 Last updated: 2016-11-24

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