ERIC Number: EJ1040076
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Ontological Metaphors for Negative Energy in an Interdisciplinary Context
Dreyfus, Benjamin W.; Geller, Benjamin D.; Gouvea, Julia; Sawtelle, Vashti; Turpen, Chandra; Redish, Edward F.
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, v10 n2 p020108-1-020108-11 Jul-Dec 2014
Teaching about energy in interdisciplinary settings that emphasize coherence among physics, chemistry, and biology leads to a more central role for chemical bond energy. We argue that an interdisciplinary approach to chemical energy leads to modeling chemical bonds in terms of negative energy. While recent work on ontological metaphors for energy has emphasized the affordances of the substance ontology, this ontology is problematic in the context of negative energy. Instead, we apply a dynamic ontologies perspective to argue that blending the substance and location ontologies for energy can be effective in reasoning about negative energy in the context of reasoning about chemical bonds. We present data from an introductory physics for the life sciences course in which both experts and students successfully use this blended ontology. Blending these ontologies is most successful when the substance and location ontologies are combined such that each is strategically utilized in reasoning about particular aspects of energetic processes.
Descriptors: Energy, Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Physics, Chemistry, Introductory Courses, Philosophy, Figurative Language, Case Studies, Biology, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DGE 07-50616|NSF-TUES DUE 11-22818