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written by Rachel E. Scherr and Michael C. Wittmann
This article, presented at the 2002 Physics Education Research Conference, discusses how a researcher's interests dictate which student statements in a clinical interview are considered to constitute data. The authors argue that to the extent that research agendas are unexamined, they may control attention inappropriately, limiting the effectiveness of both data collection and data interpretation. The authors describe an interview in which the interviewer paid nearly exclusive attention to the student's conceptual understanding of charge flow, thereby missing information about, for example, her epistemological frame. The authors also describe a later analysis of the same interview, in which our first reactions to the interview say more about our agendas as researchers than about the character of the interview itself.
Physics Education Research Conference 2002
Part of the PER Conference series
Boise, Idaho: August 7-8, 2002
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© 2002 Rachel Scherr and Michael Wittmann
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PERC 2002, data collection, data interpretation, research agenda, researcher
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Metadata instance created September 27, 2006 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Scherr and M. Wittmann, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, 2002, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4298&DocID=1156).
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R. Scherr and M. Wittmann, The challenge of listening: The effect of researcher agenda on data collection and interpretation, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, 2002, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4298&DocID=1156>.
APA Format
Scherr, R., & Wittmann, M. (2002, August 7-8). The challenge of listening: The effect of researcher agenda on data collection and interpretation. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho. Retrieved December 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4298&DocID=1156
Chicago Format
Scherr, Rachel, and Michael Wittmann. "The challenge of listening: The effect of researcher agenda on data collection and interpretation." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2002, Boise, Idaho, August 7-8, 2002. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4298&DocID=1156 (accessed 21 December 2014).
MLA Format
Scherr, Rachel, and Michael Wittmann. "The challenge of listening: The effect of researcher agenda on data collection and interpretation." Physics Education Research Conference 2002. Boise, Idaho: 2002. of PER Conference. 21 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4298&DocID=1156>.
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