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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Noah S. Podolefsky and Noah D. Finkelstein
Previous studies have demonstrated that analogies can promote student learning in physics and can be productively taught to students to support their learning, under certain conditions. We build on these studies to explore the use of analogy by students in a large introductory college physics course. In the first large-scale study of its kind, we demonstrate that different analogies can lead to varied student reasoning. When different analogies were used to teach electromagnetic (EM) waves, we found that students explicitly mapped characteristics either of waves on strings or sound waves to EM waves, depending upon which analogy students were taught. We extend these results by investigating how students use analogies. Our findings suggest that representational format plays a key role in the use of analogy.
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Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
= Analogies
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2006 American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020101
NSF Numbers:
0410744
0448176
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
analogies, electromagnetic waves, representational format, teaching methods
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Metadata instance created February 7, 2007 by Lyle Barbato
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July 13, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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N. Podolefsky and N. Finkelstein, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2 (2), (2006), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020101).
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N. Podolefsky and N. Finkelstein, Use of analogy in learning physics: The role of representations Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2 (2), (2006), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020101>.
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Podolefsky, N., & Finkelstein, N. (2006, July 18). Use of analogy in learning physics: The role of representations. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 2(2). Retrieved September 17, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020101
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Podolefsky, Noah S., and Noah Finkelstein. "Use of analogy in learning physics: The role of representations." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2, no. 2, (July 18, 2006), http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020101 (accessed 17 September 2014).
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Podolefsky, Noah S., and Noah Finkelstein. "Use of analogy in learning physics: The role of representations." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2.2 (2006). 17 Sep. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.020101>.
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