Detail Page

Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse
written by Leslie J. Atkins
Studies on the role of analogies in science classrooms have tended to focus on analogies that come from the teacher or curriculum, and not the analogies that students generate. Such studies are derivative of an educational system that values content knowledge over scientific creativity, and derivative of a model of teaching in which the teacher's role is to convey content knowledge. This dissertation begins with the contention that science classrooms should encourage scientific thinking and one role of the teacher is to model that behavior and identify and encourage it in her students. One element of scientific thinking is analogy. This dissertation focuses on student-generated analogies in science, and offers a model for understanding these. I provide evidence that generated analogies are assertions of categorization, and the base of an analogy is the constructed prototype of an ad hoc category. Drawing from research on categorization, I argue that generated analogies are based in schemas and cognitive models. This model allows for a clear distinction between analogy and literal similarity; prior to this research analogy has been considered to exist on a spectrum of similarity, differing from literal similarity to the degree that structural relations hold but features do not. I argue for a definition in which generated analogies are an assertion of an unexpected categorization: that is, they are asserted as contradictions to an expected schema.
University: University of Maryland
Academic Department:  Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Physics
Pages 153
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education Foundations
- Cognition
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Researchers
- application/pdf
  • Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?
Login here!


Access Rights:
Free access
Restriction:
© 2004 Leslie Jill Atkins
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created November 29, 2006 by Bruce Mason
Record Updated:
November 29, 2006 by Bruce Mason
Last Update
when Cataloged:
November 29, 2006
Other Collections:

ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

Record Link
AIP Format
L. Atkins, University of Maryland, 2004, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4726&DocID=186).
AJP/PRST-PER
L. Atkins, Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse, University of Maryland, 2004, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4726&DocID=186>.
APA Format
Atkins, L. (2006, November 29). Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse (University of Maryland, 2004). Retrieved December 11, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4726&DocID=186
Chicago Format
Atkins, Leslie. "Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse." University of Maryland, 2004. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4726&DocID=186 (accessed 11 December 2017).
MLA Format
Atkins, Leslie. "Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse." 29 Nov. 2006. University of Maryland, 2004. 11 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4726&DocID=186>.
BibTeX Export Format
@phdthesis{ Author = "Leslie Atkins", Title = {Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse}, School = {University of Maryland}, Month = {November}, Year = {2006} }
Refer Export Format

%A Leslie Atkins
%T Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse
%D November 29, 2006
%P 153
%I University of Maryland
%U https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4726&DocID=186
%O Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Physics
%O application/pdf

EndNote Export Format

%0 Thesis
%A Atkins, Leslie
%D November 29, 2006
%T Analogies as Categorization Phenomena: Studies from Scientific Discourse
%B Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Department of Physics
%I University of Maryland
%P 153
%8 November 29, 2006
%U https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4726&DocID=186


Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

Save to my folders

Contribute

Similar Materials