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Students' hand gestures in a virtual hands-on environment
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Physics Didactics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9185-628X
Rutgers University.
University of Ljubljana.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Modern equipment, such as tablets and interactive whiteboards, allows an investigative and hand-on approach to new topics. The poster will present how small groups of high-school students engaged in the investigation of planetary motion by creating and throwing planets into orbits around the Sun. We were particularly interested in how students communicated within the group during the investigative activity. We have seen that hand gestures played a central role in their discussions. The poster will address the role of gesture in scientific discourse and show and analyze examples of students' hand gestures from the observed activities. We argue that an environment that catalyzes student use of gesture is a good starting point for engaging students in scientific discourse.

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physics education, kinesthetic learning, interactive whiteboard, Algodoo, gestures, embodied cognition, communication modalities
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Other Physics Topics
Research subject
Physics with specialization in Physics Education
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-261026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-261026DiVA: diva2:849484
Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, USA
Available from: 2015-08-28 Created: 2015-08-28 Last updated: 2015-08-28

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