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American Journal of Physics
written by J. Bowden, G. Dall'Alba, E. Martin, D. Laurillard, F. Marton, and G. Masters
Student understanding of fundamental concepts in kinematics has been explored using the phenomenographic research method. University and high school physics students were interviewed and their understandings of displacement, velocity, and frames of reference have been analyzed in particular problem contexts. Descriptions of the different ways students understand the concepts have been developed and relations between the different levels of understanding have been identified. The data highlight the contextual nature of learning and the need for teachers to focus on the nature of student understanding in specific contexts using questions that require qualitative explanation by students. In particular, it is demonstrated that success in mechanical, quantitative problem solving can mask inadequate understanding of basic concepts that hinders learning in later years of study of the subject. Implications for teaching and assessment are discussed.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 60, Issue 3, Pages 262-269
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© 1992 American Association of Physics Teachers
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10.1119/1.16907
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EDUCATION, KINEMATICS, MECHANICS, PER, physics education research, reference frames
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J. Bowden, G. Dall'Alba, E. Martin, D. Laurillard, F. Marton, and G. Masters, Am. J. Phys. 60 (3), 262 (1992), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16907).
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J. Bowden, G. Dall'Alba, E. Martin, D. Laurillard, F. Marton, and G. Masters, Displacement, velocity, and frames of reference: Students' understanding and some implications for teaching and assessment Am. J. Phys. 60 (3), 262 (1992), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16907>.
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Bowden, J., Dall'Alba, G., Martin, E., Laurillard, D., Marton, F., & Masters, G. (1992, March 1). Displacement, velocity, and frames of reference: Students' understanding and some implications for teaching and assessment. Am. J. Phys., 60(3), 262-269. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16907
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Bowden, J, G. Dall'Alba, E. Martin, D. Laurillard, F. Marton, and G. Masters. "Displacement, velocity, and frames of reference: Students' understanding and some implications for teaching and assessment." Am. J. Phys. 60, no. 3, (March 1, 1992): 262-269, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16907 (accessed 24 April 2014).
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Bowden, J., G. Dall'Alba, E. Martin, D. Laurillard, F. Marton, and G. Masters. "Displacement, velocity, and frames of reference: Students' understanding and some implications for teaching and assessment." Am. J. Phys. 60.3 (1992): 262-269. 24 Apr. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16907>.
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