Finite element exterior calculus refers to the development of finite element methods for differential forms, generalizing several earlier finite element spaces of scalar fields and vector fields to arbitrary dimension $n$, arbitrary polynomial degree $r$, and arbitrary differential form degree $k$. The study of finite element exterior calculus began with the $\mathcal P_r\Lambda^k$ and $\mathcal P_r^-\Lambda^k$ families of finite element spaces on simplicial triangulations. In their development of these spaces, Arnold, Falk, and Winther rely on a duality relationship between $\mathcal P_r\Lambda^k$ and $\mathring{\mathcal P}_{r+k+1}^-\Lambda^{n-k}$ and between $\mathcal P_r^-\Lambda^k$ and $\mathring{\mathcal P}_{r+k}\Lambda^{n-k}$. In this article, we show that this duality relationship is, in essence, Hodge duality of differential forms on the standard $n$-sphere, disguised by a change of coordinates. We remove the disguise, giving explicit correspondences between the $\mathcal P_r\Lambda^k$, $\mathcal P_r^-\Lambda^k$, $\mathring{\mathcal P}_r\Lambda^k$ and $\mathring{\mathcal P}_r^-\Lambda^k$ spaces and spaces of differential forms on the sphere. As a direct corollary, we obtain new pointwise duality isomorphisms between $\mathcal P_r\Lambda^k$ and $\mathring{\mathcal P}_{r+k+1}^-\Lambda^{n-k}$ and between $\mathcal P_r^-\Lambda^k$ and $\mathring{\mathcal P}_{r+k}\Lambda^{n-k}$, which we illustrate with examples.

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