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Pull, feel, and run: Signs of learning in kinesthetic activities in physics

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  • Pull_and_Run

    Accepted author manuscript, 385 KB, PDF-document

We investigate kinesthetic learning activities (KLAs) as a new learning technologies. Teachers may want to employ KLAs to have students use their own bodies in learning to construct an appropriate level of understanding of physics entities, interactions and representations. However, few studies have investigated what characterizes learning opportunities afforded through KLAs. Using a/v recordings, we investigate characteristics of two different KLAs: A pulling and a circular movement activity. In both activities, students enact Newtonian objects. Here we characterize typical levels of affordances: (1) Students 'oscillate' between playful behavior and focused reflective dialogue. (2) Students' ways to enact models afford opportunities for a teacher to ask questions that foster and direct further student engagement. (3) Students make sense of the KLAs by linking their intra- and interpersonal experiences to formal physics knowledge. Digital learning hardly affords the same opportunities as KLAs do for students to authentically arrive at bodily experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date31 Aug 2014
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 31 Aug 2014
EventPhysics Education Research Conference 2014 - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis, United States
Duration: 30 Jul 201431 Jul 2014

Conference

ConferencePhysics Education Research Conference 2014
LocationUniversity of Minnesota - Twin Cities
CountryUnited States
CityMinneapolis
Period30/07/201431/07/2014

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