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ERIC Number: EJ820514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1554-9178
Analogical Scaffolding and the Learning of Abstract Ideas in Physics: An Example from Electromagnetic Waves
Podolefsky, Noah S.; Finkelstein, Noah D.
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, v3 n1 p010109-1--010109-12 Jan-Jun 2007
This paper describes a model of analogy, analogical scaffolding, which explains present and prior results of student learning with analogies. We build on prior models of representation, blending, and layering of ideas. Extending this model's explanatory power, we propose ways in which the model can be applied to design a curriculum directed at teaching abstract ideas in physics using multiple, layered analogies. We report on a recent empirical study that motivates this model. Students taught about electromagnetic waves in a curriculum that builds on the model of analogical scaffolding posted substantially greater gains pre- to postinstruction than students taught using a more traditional (non-analogy-based) tutorial (21% vs 7%). (Contains 10 figures and 50 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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