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Abstract Title: Conceptual blending as a framework for modeling the coordinated use of ontological metaphors
Abstract: Intuitive reasoning and communication about abstract science concepts are often achieved through the use of ontological metaphors: metaphors about what kind of entity something is.  Previous work has shown that both students and experts can productively coordinate multiple metaphors for energy, particularly energy as a substance and energy as a vertical location, and that this coordination can be modeled using the framework of conceptual blending.  We apply this blending analysis to a group of students trying to understand the mechanism for atomic emission spectra.  The students create a blended mental space that enables them to arrive at a conceptual resolution.  The blended ontology is useful to these students in resolving their disagreement, and the blending framework is useful to researchers in understanding how the students did this.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Conceptual Blending as a Theoretical Framework in Physics Education Research

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Benjamin W. Dreyfus
University of Maryland
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ayush Gupta, University of Maryland
Erin Ronayne Sohr, University of Maryland
Jessica Hoy, University of Colorado Boulder