Critical Features of Word Meaning as an Educational Tool in Learning and Teaching Natural Sciences

Helge Strömdahl
FontD/ISV, Linköping University, Sweden

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Ingår i: The 13th International Conference on Thinking Norrköping; Sweden June 17-21; 2007

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 21:25, s. 181-185

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Publicerad: 2007-07-20


ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


The educational challenge of polysemy of words used both in non-formal (every-day) and scientific formal languages is addressed. An analysing tool; the triadic approach; has been elaborated to make this kind of polysemy of words explicit by discerning three different sets of meaning: non-formal; a scientific quality and a physical quantity; respectively. The discernment process is a particular way of seeing the critical aspects of variation of meaning simultaneously connected to one and the same invariant word (symbol).


Conceptual change; physical quantities; polysemy; science education; temperature; word learning


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