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Abstract Title: Energy in action: The construction of physics ideas in multiple modes
Abstract: In a course organized around the development of diverse representations, no single mode of expression offers a complete picture of participants' understanding of the nature of energy.  Instead, we argue, their understanding is actively constructed through the simultaneous use of a range of quite different kinds of representational resources (Goodwin, 2000), including not only words but also gestures, symbolic objects, participants moving their bodies in concert, and whatever other communicative modes the course invites them to use.  Examples are provided from a teacher professional development course on energy.
Goodwin, C., Action and embodiment within situated human interaction. Journal of Pragmatics, 2000. 32: p. 1489-1522.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Eleanor Close
Seattle Pacific University
Department of Physics
3307 3rd Ave. W., Ste. 307
Seattle, WA 98119-1957
Phone: 206-286-7347
Fax: 206-378-5400
and Co-Presenter(s)
Hunter G. Close, Seattle Pacific University; Sarah B. McKagan, McKagen Enterprises; Rachel E. Scherr, Seattle Pacific University