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written by Carina M. Rebello and N. Sanjay Rebello
Previous studies have focused on the resources that students activate and utilize while solving a given physics problem. However, few studies explore how students relate a given resource such as an equation, to various types of physics problems and contexts and how they ascertain the meaning and applicability of that resource. We explore how students view physics equations, derive meaning from those equations, and use those equations in physics problem solving. We adapt Dubinsky and McDonald's description of APOS (action-process-object-schema) theory of learning in mathematics, to construct a theoretical framework that describes how students interpret and use equations in physics in terms of actions, processes, objects, and schemas. This framework provides a lens for understanding how students construct their understanding of physics concepts and their relation to equations. We highlight how APOS theory can be operationalized to serve as a lens for studying the use of mathematics in physics problem solving.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 311-314
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- Learning Theory
- Problem Solving
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10.1063/1.3680057
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01.40.Fk
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Action Process Object Schema Theory, PERC 2011, Problem Solving Framework
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C. Rebello and N. Rebello, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11875&DocID=2722).
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C. Rebello and N. Rebello, Adapting a theoretical framework for characterizing students' use of equations in physics problem solving presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11875&DocID=2722>.
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Rebello, C., & Rebello, N. (2011, August 3-4). Adapting a theoretical framework for characterizing students' use of equations in physics problem solving. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved April 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11875&DocID=2722
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Rebello, Carina, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Adapting a theoretical framework for characterizing students' use of equations in physics problem solving." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11875&DocID=2722 (accessed 20 April 2014).
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Rebello, Carina, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Adapting a theoretical framework for characterizing students' use of equations in physics problem solving." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 311-314 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 20 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11875&DocID=2722>.
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