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Abstract Title: Energy in Action: The Construction of Physics Ideas in Multiple Modes
Abstract: In a course organized around the development of diverse representations, no single mode of expression offers a complete picture of participants' understanding of the nature of energy.  Instead, we argue, their understanding is actively constructed through the simultaneous use of a range of quite different kinds of representational resources (Goodwin, 2000), including not only words but also gestures, symbolic objects, participants moving their bodies in concert, and whatever other communicative modes the course invites them to use.  Effective proximal formative assessment involves attention to all of these representational resources.  Examples are provided from a teacher professional development course on energy.
Abstract Type: Gallery Session Poster
Poster Gallery Session: Proximal Formative Assessment

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sarah B. McKagan
McKagan Enterprises
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor W. Close, Seattle Pacific University
Hunter G. Close, Texas State University - San Marcos
Rachel E. Scherr, Seattle Pacific University