Light and Shadow in Primary School : Towards Elementary Optics and Understanding Radiation.

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Publication Conference Poster
Title Light and Shadow in Primary School : Towards Elementary Optics and Understanding Radiation.
Author Murman, Lydia ; Holmqvist, Mona
Date 2017
English abstract
The scientific explanation for shadows is counterintuitive. It focuses on the local absence of light. Perception of a figural shadow on the other hand, usually is a figure-ground experience, with the shadow representing the ‘positive’ image in the foreground and the illuminated environment the ground. Learning to explain shadows is a content of elementary and middle school curricula and a considerable number of studies that deal with childre’ns conceptions of light and shadow are available. The first section of the poster shows that these findings can be structured by very few critical aspects of learning that belong to a set of phenomenographic categories (study 1). The second section of the poster shows how these findings are taken up for a current learning study in which the introduction of a model of light in primary school is focused (study 2). This is due to the insight, that exploring shadows does not provide a suitable basis for developing the knowledge needed for their explanation. Shadows rather distract attention from light. Therefore, teaching intends to provide exploration, insights and knowledge in contexts different from the ones they are later applied to. Methodologically the current study is based on a design-based research approach, more specifically a learning study. The methodology of learning studies was developed in Sweden and Hong Kong and combines the idea of lesson studies with variation theory. The model of light can also be viewed as the basis for cumulative learning towards understanding radiation in general.
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EARLI 2017 : The 17th Biennial conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (25 August - 2 September : Tampere, Finland)
Link https://earli.org/sites/default/files/2017-06/EARL... (external link to publication)
Host/Issue Book of Abstracts : 17th Biennial EARLI Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction;
Language eng (iso)
Subject Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Note EARLI : Education in the Crossroads of Economy and Politics
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/24238 Permalink to this page
Link https://earli.org/earli-2017... (external link to related web page)
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