Using Multiple Representations to Teach Energy– An Alternative Conceptual Approach


Energy is a principal concept in the learning of Physics, yet it is a concept that students found abstract and challenging to grasp, especially the key ideas of Transfer, Transform and Conservation. This paper proposes that a multiple representation approach in the teaching and learning of this topic helps support and deepen students’ learning of the topic. Qualitative and quantitative treatments have their place in the multiple representations of energy, which allows teachers to scaffold students’ learning for deeper understanding, and enable students to demonstrate their knowledge. This evidence-based sharing will illustrate how representations such as Energy Bar Diagram (LOL) and Energy Cube manipulative are used to (i) quantify conservation of energy (ii) show energy transformation within bodies, and (iii) quantify energy distribution and energy transfer between interacting bodies.

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Boon Chien Yap, Changkat Changi Secondary School, Singapore
Donavan Lau, Yusof Ishak Secondary School, Singapore

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Yap B., & Lau D. (2023) Using Multiple Representations to Teach Energy– An Alternative Conceptual Approach ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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