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written by Rosemary Wulf, Kathleen Hinko, and Noah D. Finkelstein
Inquiry activities can provide students with the chance to experiment and to externalize their reasoning. To examine the impacts of level of guidance in inquiry-based activities on students' mechanistic reasoning, we analyze middle school students' scientific notebooks from an afterschool program by applying a coding scheme that is modified from Russ (Russ, R. et al.. (2008). Sci. Ed., 92: 499–525.). We compare students' mechanistic reasoning in two inquiry physics curricula, one that is guided and another that is more open-ended inquiry. We find that students exhibit more types and more overall mechanistic reasoning in the open curriculum. We also code the curricula and find that students have more opportunities to practice mechanistic reasoning in the open-ended curriculum. We examine why students take the opportunities provided to them in both curricula and the implications for both informal and formal curriculum design.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 369-372
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
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Education - Basic Research
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.080
NSF Number:
1125844
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.-d
Keywords:
PERC 2013, curriculum, informal science education
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R. Wulf, K. Hinko, and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13155&DocID=3702).
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R. Wulf, K. Hinko, and N. Finkelstein, Comparing Mechanistic Reasoning in Open and Guided Inquiry Physics Activities, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13155&DocID=3702>.
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Wulf, R., Hinko, K., & Finkelstein, N. (2013, July 17-18). Comparing Mechanistic Reasoning in Open and Guided Inquiry Physics Activities. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13155&DocID=3702
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Wulf, R, K. Hinko, and N. Finkelstein. "Comparing Mechanistic Reasoning in Open and Guided Inquiry Physics Activities." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13155&DocID=3702 (accessed 21 September 2014).
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Wulf, Rosemary, Kathleen Hinko, and Noah Finkelstein. "Comparing Mechanistic Reasoning in Open and Guided Inquiry Physics Activities." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 369-372 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13155&DocID=3702>.
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