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Spontaneous use of dance in an astronomy activity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In science education, there has been recent interest in the ways that the body plays a part in the process of thinking and, concurrently, how learning activities can be designed to explicitly incorporate more embodied engagement. In this paper, we present a case study of an instance where two students spontaneously recruited their bodies as they came to understand the celestial mechanics in an astronomy activity. Working on an open-ended task in a technologically-rich environment, the students instinctively held hands and leaned outward to metaphorically account for the centrality and reciprocity of gravitational forces. Their embodied engagement included a multimodally-rich coordination of talk, gaze, posture, body placement, and haptically-responsive touch in a manner similar to a partnered dance. With an interpretive lens which combines social semiotics, embodied cognition, and conceptual metaphor, we examine the ways in which dance functioned as part of the students’ reasoning about astronomy, as well as reflect on the how the environment afforded the opportunity for such a metaphorical, embodied representation to be recruited in the process of learning.

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2018.
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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-361086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-361086DiVA, id: diva2:1249837
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9th International Conference on Multimodality (9ICOM), Odense
Available from: 2018-09-20 Created: 2018-09-20 Last updated: 2018-12-14

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