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written by Charles Baily and Noah D. Finkelstein
Introductory courses in classical physics are promoting in students a realist perspective, made up in part by the belief that all physical properties of a system can be simultaneously specified, and thus determined at all future times.  Such a perspective can be problematic for introductory quantum physics students, who must develop new framings of epistemic and ontological resources in order to properly interpret what it means to have knowledge of quantum systems.  We document this evolution in student thinking in part through pre/post instruction evaluations using the CLASS attitude survey.  We further characterize variations in student epistemic and ontological commitments by examining responses to an essay question, coupled with responses to supplemental quantum attitude statements.  We find that, after instruction in modern physics, many students are still exhibiting a realist perspective in contexts where a quantum perspective is needed. We also find that this effect can be significantly influenced by instruction, where we observe variations for courses with differing learning goals.
Physics Education Research Conference 2008
Part of the PER Conference series
Edmonton, Canada: July 23-24, 2008
Volume 1064, Pages 67-70
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
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- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Quantum Physics
- Foundations and Measurements
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- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3021275
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0448176
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03.64.-w
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01.50.H-
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Keywords:
CLASS, PERC 2008, PhET simulations, Physics education research, educational aids, educational courses, engineering education, epistemic commitments, learning (artificial intelligence), measurement, ontological commitments, quantum mechanics, quantum theory, research and development management, scientific information systems
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C. Baily and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7998&DocID=708).
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C. Baily and N. Finkelstein, Student Perspectives in Quantum Physics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, 2008, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7998&DocID=708>.
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Baily, C., & Finkelstein, N. (2008, July 23-24). Student Perspectives in Quantum Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada. Retrieved July 30, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7998&DocID=708
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Baily, Charles, and Noah Finkelstein. "Student Perspectives in Quantum Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2008, Edmonton, Canada, July 23-24, 2008. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7998&DocID=708 (accessed 30 July 2014).
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Baily, Charles, and Noah Finkelstein. "Student Perspectives in Quantum Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2008. Edmonton, Canada: 2008. 67-70 Vol. 1064 of PER Conference. 30 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=7998&DocID=708>.
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