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written by Victoria Winters and David Hammer
Previous work shows that college students have more difficulty lighting a bulb with a single wire and a battery than with two wires, results that have informed the design of activities. We present some unexpected findings from two 4th grade classes engaged in a 15-hour inquiry module on electric circuits. Students successfully lit the bulb with a single wire in a variety of ways, but students from both classes showed and expressed the view that the bulb must be in direct contact with a battery in order for it to light. We suggest this arose from students framing the task as a building activity, and we analyze two classroom episodes in support of this interpretation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2009
Part of the PER Conference series
Ann Arbor, Michigan: July 29-30, 2009
Volume 1179, Pages 297-300
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
- Sample Population
= Age: Early Childhood
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- Elementary School
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3266741
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0732233
PACSs:
01.40.-d
01.40.eg
01.40.Fk
84.30.-r
Keywords:
PERC 2009, electric circuit, electric circuits, elementary school science, inquiry learning, physics education research, resources perspective, task framing
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V. Winters and D. Hammer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9509&DocID=1384).
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V. Winters and D. Hammer, Fourth Graders’ Framing of an Electric Circuits Task presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2009, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9509&DocID=1384>.
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Winters, V., & Hammer, D. (2009, July 29-30). Fourth Graders’ Framing of an Electric Circuits Task . Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Retrieved August 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9509&DocID=1384
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Winters, Victoria, and David Hammer. "Fourth Graders’ Framing of an Electric Circuits Task ." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2009, Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 29-30, 2009. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9509&DocID=1384 (accessed 20 August 2014).
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Winters, Victoria, and David Hammer. "Fourth Graders’ Framing of an Electric Circuits Task ." Physics Education Research Conference 2009. Ann Arbor, Michigan: 2009. 297-300 Vol. 1179 of PER Conference. 20 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9509&DocID=1384>.
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