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written by Rachel E. Scherr, Hunter G. Close, Sarah B. McKagan, and Eleanor W. Close
In what we call "embodied learning activities," instructors deliberately arrange for human bodies, or parts of the body, to stand in for entities in the description or explanation of a phenomenon. Embodied learning activities (ELAs) are intended to promote and externalize conceptual understanding in physics, for the benefit of the learner, the instructor, and the researcher. We describe an example of an embodied learning activity called "Energy Theater," in which each participant identifies as a unit of energy that has one and only one form. Objects in the scenario correspond to regions on the floor, and as energy moves and changes form in the scenario, participants move to different locations on the floor. This representation models energy as a substance-like quantity, a model that promotes concepts of conservation, storage, transfer, and flow. The activity becomes a richly featured disciplined symbolic workspace, supporting future studies for both description and analysis.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 293-296
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10.1063/1.3515226
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0822342
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
embodied cognition, metaphor, representations, PERC 2010, embodied learning activity, energy, energy theater
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R. Scherr, H. Close, S. McKagan, and E. Close, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10483&DocID=1938).
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R. Scherr, H. Close, S. McKagan, and E. Close, “Energy Theater”: Using The Body Symbolically To Understand Energy presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10483&DocID=1938>.
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Scherr, R., Close, H., McKagan, S., & Close, E. (2010, July 21-22). “Energy Theater”: Using The Body Symbolically To Understand Energy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10483&DocID=1938
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Scherr, R, H. Close, S. McKagan, and E. Close. "“Energy Theater”: Using The Body Symbolically To Understand Energy." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10483&DocID=1938 (accessed 22 July 2014).
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Scherr, Rachel, Hunter Close, Sarah B. McKagan, and Eleanor Close. "“Energy Theater”: Using The Body Symbolically To Understand Energy." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 293-296 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 22 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10483&DocID=1938>.
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