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written by A. Lynn Stephens and John J. Clement
We discuss evidence for the use of runnable imagery (imagistic simulation) in four types of student reasoning. In an in-depth case study of a high school physics class, we identified multiple instances of students running mental models, using analogies, using extreme cases, and using Gedanken experiments. Previous case studies of expert scientists have indicated that these processes can be central during scientific model construction; here we discuss their spontaneous use by students. We also discuss their association with spontaneous, depictive gestures, which we interpret as an indicator of the use of dynamic and kinesthetic imagery. Of the numerous instances of these forms of reasoning observed in the class, most were associated with depictive gestures and over half with gestures that depicted motion or force. This evidence suggests that runnable, dynamic mental imagery can be very important in student reasoning.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 89-92
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
General Physics
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508698
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0231808
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01.40.Fk
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01.40.ek
Keywords:
PERC 2006, brain models, dynamic mental imagery, learning theory, student reasoning
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A. Stephens and J. Clement, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5233&DocID=2132).
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A. Stephens and J. Clement, Depictive Gestures as Evidence for Dynamic Mental Imagery in Four Types of Student Reasoning, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5233&DocID=2132>.
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Stephens, A., & Clement, J. (2006, July 26-27). Depictive Gestures as Evidence for Dynamic Mental Imagery in Four Types of Student Reasoning. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved December 19, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5233&DocID=2132
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Stephens, A. Lynn, and John Clement. "Depictive Gestures as Evidence for Dynamic Mental Imagery in Four Types of Student Reasoning." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5233&DocID=2132 (accessed 19 December 2014).
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Stephens, A. Lynn, and John Clement. "Depictive Gestures as Evidence for Dynamic Mental Imagery in Four Types of Student Reasoning." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 89-92 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5233&DocID=2132>.
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