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Learning Classic Mechanics with Embodied Cognition
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, Teachers College, Columbia University, United States ; , , Teacher College, Columbia University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

This paper describes a study on the teaching of classic mechanics as an abstract physics concept to elementary school students using embodied cognition. The embodiment is implemented through Novint Falcon, a 3-D force feedback joystick. Students were asked to learn classic mechanics by using the Novint Falcon to interact with a Flash simulation that incorporates direct-manipulation animation (DMA). It is believed that embodied cognition supported by multimodal representation is essential in helping students form a mental modal that can be used to learn classic mechanics. The goal of this study is to examine whether students can learn classic mechanics better with force feedback than without force feedback in the embodiment. We expect classic mechanics can be better learned with embodied cognition.

Citation

Huang, S.C., Vea, T. & Black, J. (2011). Learning Classic Mechanics with Embodied Cognition. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 209-215). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 11, 2019 from .

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