Gestures as evidence of student thinking about physics


Introduction Gestures, the spontaneous hand or body movements that normally accompany face-to-face conversation, are potentially an important component of interpersonal communication. This paper presents an episode of conversation among physics students and a teaching assistant in which gestures figure prominently in the discussion. My purpose is to illustrate that attention to gestures can be a powerful tool for diagnosing student thinking and forming effective pedagogical responses [1].


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