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written by Benjamin W. Dreyfus, Benjamin D. Geller, Julia Gouvea, Vashti Sawtelle, Chandra Turpen, and Edward F. Redish
Much recent work in physics education research has focused on ontological metaphors for energy, particularly the substance ontology and its pedagogical affordances. The concept of negative energy problematizes the substance ontology for energy, but in many instructional settings, the specific difficulties around negative energy are outweighed by the general advantages of the substance ontology. However, we claim that our interdisciplinary setting (a physics class that builds deep connections to biology and chemistry) leads to a different set of considerations and conclusions. In a course designed to draw interdisciplinary connections, the centrality of chemical bond energy in biology necessitates foregrounding negative energy from the beginning. We argue that the emphasis on negative energy requires a combination of substance and location ontologies. The location ontology enables energies both "above" and "below" zero. We present preliminary student data that illustrate difficulties in reasoning about negative energy, and the affordances of the location metaphor.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 129-132
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PERC 2013, biology education, energy, interdisciplinary, metaphor, ontology
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B. Dreyfus, B. Geller, J. Gouvea, V. Sawtelle, C. Turpen, and E. Redish, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13143&DocID=3690).
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B. Dreyfus, B. Geller, J. Gouvea, V. Sawtelle, C. Turpen, and E. Redish, Negative Energy: Why Interdisciplinary Physics Requires Multiple Ontologies, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13143&DocID=3690>.
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Dreyfus, B., Geller, B., Gouvea, J., Sawtelle, V., Turpen, C., & Redish, E. (2013, July 17-18). Negative Energy: Why Interdisciplinary Physics Requires Multiple Ontologies. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved September 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13143&DocID=3690
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Dreyfus, B, B. Geller, J. Gouvea, V. Sawtelle, C. Turpen, and E. Redish. "Negative Energy: Why Interdisciplinary Physics Requires Multiple Ontologies." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13143&DocID=3690 (accessed 20 September 2014).
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Dreyfus, Benjamin, Benjamin Geller, Julia Gouvea, Vashti Sawtelle, Chandra Turpen, and Edward F. Redish. "Negative Energy: Why Interdisciplinary Physics Requires Multiple Ontologies." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 129-132 of PER Conference. 20 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13143&DocID=3690>.
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