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Abstract Title: Conceptual Blending in Physics Problem Solving
Abstract: Conceptual Blending (Fauconnier & Turner, 2002) is a cognitive theory in which thinkers blend together new and old ideas to create conceptual networks capable of yielding new insights. The structure of these networks is heavily influenced by the frames and relative importance the thinker assigns to the different ideas being blended together. In this poster, we analyze examples of student problem solving and case reuse in introductory physics classes (Mateycik, 2009; Ward & Sweller, 1990) from the perspective of Conceptual Blending. We propose possible conceptual networks for different problem solving tasks and compare the structure and complexity of these networks. We find that the most effective problems for case reuse are those that cue for tightly integrated, easily compressible networks.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alex Barr
University of Texas at Austin