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written by Noah S. Podolefsky and Noah D. Finkelstein
External representations, including pictures, graphs, text, gestures, and utterances, are key components of all curricular materials in physics. Such representations play a key role in cognitive function, particularly insofar as individuals interpret the meanings of and apply meanings to these representations. We previously proposed a model of how individuals can make meaning of and with external representations through layered analogies and applied this model to learning abstract ideas in physics, i.e. EM waves. We extend this model in two ways. We distinguish individuals' interpretations of representations, which can be highly variable and fleeting, from the physics community's agreed upon interpretations, which are more stable and coherent.  We describe these two dimensions of representation use: abstraction based on the community consensus of concepts and salience based on readily accessible pieces of knowledge for an individual.
Physics Education Research Conference 2008
Part of the PER Conference series
Edmonton, Canada: July 23-24, 2008
Volume 1064, Pages 167-170
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Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
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© 2008 American Institute of Physics
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3021245
NSF Numbers:
0410744
0448176
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gb
01.50.H-
01.40.Ha
01.40.G-
Keywords:
Analogy, PERC 2008, abstraction, cognitive systems, educational aids, educational computing, educational courses, expert, learning (artificial intelligence) , physics education research, problem solving, representation, research and development management
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N. Podolefsky and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8114&DocID=748).
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N. Podolefsky and N. Finkelstein, How Abstract is Abstract? Layering Meaning in Physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8114&DocID=748>.
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Podolefsky, N., & Finkelstein, N. (2008, July 23-24). How Abstract is Abstract? Layering Meaning in Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada. Retrieved November 27, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8114&DocID=748
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Podolefsky, Noah S., and Noah Finkelstein. "How Abstract is Abstract? Layering Meaning in Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, July 23-24, 2008. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8114&DocID=748 (accessed 27 November 2014).
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Podolefsky, Noah S., and Noah Finkelstein. "How Abstract is Abstract? Layering Meaning in Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2008. Edmonton, Canada: 2008. 167-170 Vol. 1064 of PER Conference. 27 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8114&DocID=748>.
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