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written by Benedikt W. Harrer, Rachel E. Scherr, Michael C. Wittmann, Hunter G. Close, and Brian W. Frank
Proximal formative assessment, the just-in-time elicitation of students' ideas that informs ongoing instruction, is usually associated with the instructor in a formal classroom setting. However, the elicitation, assessment, and subsequent instruction that characterize proximal formative assessment are also seen in discourse among peers. We present a case in which secondary teachers in a professional development course at SPU are discussing energy flow in refrigerators. In this episode, a peer is invited to share her thinking (elicitation). Her idea that refrigerators move heat from a relatively cold compartment to a hotter environment is inappropriately judged as incorrect (assessment). The "instruction" (peer explanation) that follows is based on the second law of thermodynamics, and acts as corrective rather than collaborative.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 203-206
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Formative Assessment
= Methods
= Peer Assessment
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Communication
- Sample Population
= Instructor: Pre-service
Thermo & Stat Mech
- Second and Third Law
= Refrigerators
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3680030
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.jh
01.40.E-
Keywords:
PERC 2011, discourse, energy, professional development, proximal formative assessment
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B. Harrer, R. Scherr, M. Wittmann, H. Close, and B. Frank, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11847&DocID=2698).
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B. Harrer, R. Scherr, M. Wittmann, H. Close, and B. Frank, Elements of proximal formative assessment in learners' discourse about energy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11847&DocID=2698>.
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Harrer, B., Scherr, R., Wittmann, M., Close, H., & Frank, B. (2011, August 3-4). Elements of proximal formative assessment in learners' discourse about energy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved October 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11847&DocID=2698
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Harrer, B, R. Scherr, M. Wittmann, H. Close, and B. Frank. "Elements of proximal formative assessment in learners' discourse about energy." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11847&DocID=2698 (accessed 2 October 2014).
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Harrer, Benedikt, Rachel Scherr, Michael Wittmann, Hunter Close, and Brian Frank. "Elements of proximal formative assessment in learners' discourse about energy." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 203-206 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 2 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11847&DocID=2698>.
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