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written by Saalih Allie, Dedra Demaree, Julian Taylor, Fred Lubben, and Andy Buffler
Students who enroll for the special access course in physics at the University of Cape Town generally do not speak English as first language and have experienced poor science teaching. As a consequence students experience a large range of difficulties in trying to learn physics. We discuss research carried out in two such areas (a) understanding of measurement and (b) engagement with the textbook. With regard to (a) an overview of the methodology, analysis framework and findings of previous work will be presented together with more recent preliminary findings regarding audience dependence when conveying measurement results. With regard to (b) the idea of writing chapter summaries was used to guide students through the book with the aim that the textbook would come to be valued an accessible resource. Findings from the analysis of the student summaries are presented.
Physics Education Research Conference 2008
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Edmonton, Canada: July 23-24, 2008
Volume 1064, Pages 3-6
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Education - Basic Research
- Communication
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- Sample Population
= Background: English as a Second Language
- Societal Issues
= International Issues
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.3021268
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© 2008 American Institute of Physics
A hard copy of the PERC 2008 proceedings is available for purchase from the AIP.
DOI:
10.1063/1.3021268
PACS:
01.40.Fk 01.40.J- 01.50.H- 01.50.Pa 01.40.gb
Keywords:
Audience, Measurement, PERC 2008, Physics Education Research, Textbook Engagement, Writing to Learn, educational technology, laboratory techniques, research and development management, scientific information systems, student experiments, text analysis
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S. Allie, D. Demaree, J. Taylor, F. Lubben, and A. Buffler, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7928&DocID=682).
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S. Allie, D. Demaree, J. Taylor, F. Lubben, and A. Buffler, Making Sense of Measurements, Making Sense of the Textbook presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7928&DocID=682>.
APA Format
Allie, S., Demaree, D., Taylor, J., Lubben, F., & Buffler, A. (2008, July 23-24). Making Sense of Measurements, Making Sense of the Textbook. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7928&DocID=682
Chicago Format
Allie, S, D. Demaree, J. Taylor, F. Lubben, and A. Buffler. "Making Sense of Measurements, Making Sense of the Textbook." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, July 23-24, 2008. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7928&DocID=682 (accessed 31 July 2014).
MLA Format
Allie, Saalih, Dedra Demaree, Julian Taylor, Fred Lubben, and Andy Buffler. "Making Sense of Measurements, Making Sense of the Textbook." Physics Education Research Conference 2008. Edmonton, Canada: 2008. 3-6 Vol. 1064 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 31 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7928&DocID=682>.
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