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A social semiotic approach to identifying critical aspects
Uppsala University.
Uppsala University;University of the Western Cape, South Africa).
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. Uppsala University.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3244-2586
2015 (English)In: International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, ISSN 2046-8253, E-ISSN 2046-8261, Vol. 4, no 3, p. 302-316Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to propose a social semiotic approach to analysing objects of learning in terms of their critical aspects. Design/methodology/approach – The design for this paper focuses on how the semiotic resources – including language, equations, and diagrams – that are commonly used in physics teaching realise the critical aspects of a common physics object of learning. A social semiotic approach to the analysis of a canonical text extract from optics is presented to illustrate how critical aspects can be identified. Findings – Implications for university teaching and learning of physics stemming from this social semiotic approach are suggested.

Originality/value – Hitherto under-explored similarities between the Variation Theory of Learning, which underpins learning studies, and a social semiotic approach to meaning-making are identified. These similarities are used to propose a new, potentially very powerful approach to identifying critical aspects of objects of learning. 

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015. Vol. 4, no 3, p. 302-316
Keywords [en]
Variation theory, Learning study, Critical aspects, Objects of learning, Physics education, Social semiotics, Disciplinary-relevant aspects
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Educational Sciences Other Physics Topics
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Natural Science, Science Education; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45724DOI: 10.1108/IJLLS-01-2015-0005ISI: 000218881000009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84939540035OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45724DiVA, id: diva2:846499
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2018-04-18Bibliographically approved

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