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We have used PER-based course materials to teach various physics topics to Tibetan Buddhist monks over the last four years.  While listening to the monks' ideas through interpreters, we found some striking similarities with ideas that we hear in our own classrooms in the US.  However, the degree of similarity of monks' ideas with those of US students varied with the topic. For example, ideas that emerged in the topic of magnetism were often consistent with western ideas while ideas about color addition were sometimes strikingly different from ideas that American students use.  The monks' ways of talking lead us to believe that cultural background partially determines how they think initially about particular physics topics.  This poster will give examples of similarities and of differences, and attempt to identify reasons for both.
Physics Education Research Conference 2008
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Edmonton, Canada: July 23-24, 2008
Volume 1064, Pages 26-29
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Education - Basic Research
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General Physics
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© 2008 American Institute of Physics
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10.1063/1.3021264
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01.40.Di 01.40.G- 01.40.Fk 01.40.gb 01.50.H- 01.50.F-
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PERC 2008, cross-cultural comparisons, educational aids, educational courses, educational technology, magnetism, research and development management, scientific information systems
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A. Johnson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7960&DocID=691).
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A. Johnson, Similarities and Differences In Ideas Generated by Physics Learners: US College Students Vs. Tibetan Buddhist Monks presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7960&DocID=691>.
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Johnson, A. (2008, July 23-24). Similarities and Differences In Ideas Generated by Physics Learners: US College Students Vs. Tibetan Buddhist Monks. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada. Retrieved July 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7960&DocID=691
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Johnson, Andy. "Similarities and Differences In Ideas Generated by Physics Learners: US College Students Vs. Tibetan Buddhist Monks." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, July 23-24, 2008. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7960&DocID=691 (accessed 24 July 2014).
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Johnson, Andy. "Similarities and Differences In Ideas Generated by Physics Learners: US College Students Vs. Tibetan Buddhist Monks." Physics Education Research Conference 2008. Edmonton, Canada: 2008. 26-29 Vol. 1064 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 24 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7960&DocID=691>.
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