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Gains and losses: Metaphors in chemistry classrooms
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Swedish Language. (Intermedial and Multimodal Studies (IMS))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9063-4386
Linköping University.
Linköping University.
2018 (English)In: Global Developments in Literacy Research for Science Education / [ed] Kok-Sing Tang, Kristina Danielsson, Springer, 2018, p. 219-235Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter reports on findings from classroom communication insecondary chemistry teaching and learning. The data was analyzed qualitativelyregarding the use of metaphors and analogies in relation to atoms andion formation, with an intention to shed light on students’ scientific understandingas well as on their enculturation into the disciplinary discourse. Theoretically we draw on social semiotics, which allows analyses of languageuse in its widest sense, comprised of verbal language, images, action, gestures, and more. In our data, we identified common disciplinary metaphors inscience, as well as metaphors connected to everyday life. Through the analyses based on systemic functional linguistics (SFL), we also identified anthropomorphic metaphors, with particles, atoms, and ions being humanized with intentions and feelings. Linguistic choices signaling metaphoric language were mainly noted in relation to quite obvious metaphors whereas no such signalsor explanations were noted in connection to anthropomorphic metaphors. The study has implications for the design of classroom practices, including the use of discussions to enhance a more reflective use and understanding of the gains and losses around metaphors.

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Springer, 2018. p. 219-235
Keywords [en]
Chemistry teaching, classroom practices, metaphors, analogies, systemic functional linguistics
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Didactics
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Humanities, Swedish Didactics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-69050DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-69197-8_14ISBN: 978-3-319-69196-1 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-69197-8 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-69050DiVA, id: diva2:1192551
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2018-03-22 Created: 2018-03-22 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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