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Investigating the Proposed Affordances and Limitations of the Substance Metaphor for Energy
written by Lisa M. Goodhew and Amy D. Robertson
This study explores the proposed affordances and limitations of the substance metaphor for energy in the context of a computer simulation that illustrates processes of energy transfer and transformation. We examine data from eight interviews conducted with introductory physics students as they used the simulation. We empirically explore the hypotheses that (i) student and (ii) instructional use of the substance metaphor promote specific affordances, such as energy conservation, transfer, and localization, and specific limitations, such as locating potential energy in a single object and appropriating material qualities to energy. We find that the frequency of both affordances and limitations increases when the simulation embeds an explicit substance metaphor and that the affordances and limitations more often co-occur with students' substance metaphor use. However, in all cases, the number of instances of affordances is greater than that of limitations, which suggests that the substance metaphor is beneficial to instruction and student discourse.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 103-106
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
= Conservation of Energy
Education Foundations
- Alternative Conceptions
- Learning Theory
= Representations
Education Practices
- Technology
= Multimedia
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.022
NSF Numbers:
0822342
1222732
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2014, PhET simulations, conceptual metaphor, energy
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Metadata instance created April 24, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 31, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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L. Goodhew and A. Robertson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13459&DocID=4058).
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L. Goodhew and A. Robertson, Investigating the Proposed Affordances and Limitations of the Substance Metaphor for Energy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13459&DocID=4058>.
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Goodhew, L., & Robertson, A. (2014, July 30-31). Investigating the Proposed Affordances and Limitations of the Substance Metaphor for Energy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13459&DocID=4058
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Goodhew, Lisa M., and Amy Robertson. "Investigating the Proposed Affordances and Limitations of the Substance Metaphor for Energy." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13459&DocID=4058 (accessed 26 October 2021).
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Goodhew, Lisa M., and Amy Robertson. "Investigating the Proposed Affordances and Limitations of the Substance Metaphor for Energy." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 103-106 of PER Conference. 26 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13459&DocID=4058>.
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