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written by Elizabeth Gire, Edward Price, and Barbara Jones
Differences between novice and expert physics students have frequently been reported, yet students' development through intermediate stages has seldom been described. In this study, we characterize undergraduate physics majors' epistemological sophistication at various levels of degree progress. A cross-section of physics majors was surveyed with the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey. Beginning physics majors are significantly more expert-like than non-physics majors in introductory physics courses; furthermore, this high level of sophistication is constant over the first three years of the physics degree program, with increases at the senior and graduate levels. Based on longitudinal data on a subset of students, we observe negligible average shift in students' responses over periods of up to two years. We discuss implications for how and why physics students' epistemological sophistication develops, including a possible connection between CLASS survey response and self-identification as a physicist.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 65-68
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Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508692
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01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
CLASS, PERC 2006, epistemology, longitudinal study, novice versus expert
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E. Gire, E. Price, and B. Jones, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5242&DocID=2105).
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E. Gire, E. Price, and B. Jones, Characterizing the Epistemological Development of Physics Majors, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5242&DocID=2105>.
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Gire, E., Price, E., & Jones, B. (2006, July 26-27). Characterizing the Epistemological Development of Physics Majors. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5242&DocID=2105
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Gire, E, E. Price, and B. Jones. "Characterizing the Epistemological Development of Physics Majors." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5242&DocID=2105 (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Gire, Elizabeth, Edward Price, and Barbara Jones. "Characterizing the Epistemological Development of Physics Majors." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 65-68 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5242&DocID=2105>.
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