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written by AJ Richards and Eugenia Etkina
We use the framework of conceptual and epistemological resources to investigate how students construct understanding of solar cells - a complex modern physics topic that requires mastery of multiple concepts. We interviewed experts and novices about their understanding of the physics of solar cells, and examined their responses for evidence of resources being activated. We used this information to create a unit dedicated to the physics of solar cells at the advanced undergraduate level, which we then implemented. Based on the patterns in the interviews and student responses in the classroom during the unit we can hypothesize what resources students draw on when they are trying to understand the complex physics involved in the functioning of solar cells.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 330-333
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Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
Modern Physics
- Condensed Matter
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789719
PACSs:
01.40.-d
01.40.Di
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
Epistemology, PERC 2012, conceptual development
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A. Richards and E. Etkina, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12846&DocID=3378).
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A. Richards and E. Etkina, Students’ use of resources in understanding solar cells presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12846&DocID=3378>.
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Richards, A., & Etkina, E. (2012, August 1-2). Students’ use of resources in understanding solar cells. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved April 19, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12846&DocID=3378
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Richards, AJ, and Eugenia Etkina. "Students’ use of resources in understanding solar cells." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12846&DocID=3378 (accessed 19 April 2014).
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Richards, AJ, and Eugenia Etkina. "Students’ use of resources in understanding solar cells." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 330-333 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 19 Apr. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12846&DocID=3378>.
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