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Social Semiotics in University Physics Education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education. Uppsala University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3244-2586
2017 (English)In: Multiple Representations in Physics Education / [ed] David F. Treagust, Reinders Duit, Hans E. Fischer, Springer, 2017, p. 95-122Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter we discuss the application of social semiotics to the teaching and learning of university physics. Social semiotics is a broad construct where all communication in a particular social group is realized through the use of semiotic resources. In the discipline of physics, examples of such semiotic resources are graphs, diagrams, mathematics, spoken and written language, and laboratory apparatus. In physics education research it is usual to refer to most of these semiotic resources as representations. In social semiotics, then, disciplinary learning can be viewed as coming to interpret and use the meaning potential of disciplinary-specific semiotic resources (representations) that has been assigned by the discipline. We use this complementary depiction of representations to build theory with respect to the construction and sharing of disciplinary knowledge in the teaching and learning of university physics. To facilitate both scholarly discussion and future research in the area, a number of theoretical constructs have been developed. These constructs take their point of departure in empirical studies of teaching and learning in undergraduate physics. In the chapter we present each of these constructs in turn and examine their usefulness for problematizing teaching and learning with multiple representations in university physics.

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Springer, 2017. p. 95-122
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Models and Modeling in Science Education, ISSN 1871-2983 ; 10
Keywords [en]
Social semiotics, Meaning-making, Pedagogical affordances, Teaching sequence, Disciplinary shorthand
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Other Physics Topics
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Physics with specialization in Physics Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167215DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58914-5_5ISBN: 978-3-319-58912-1 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-58914-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167215DiVA, id: diva2:1298248
Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-03-22Bibliographically approved

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