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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Richard N. Steinberg, Sebastien Cormier, and Adiel Fernandez
Common forms of testing of student understanding of science content can be misleading about their understanding of the nature of scientific thinking. Observational astronomy integrated with related ideas of force and motion is a rich context to explore the correlation between student content knowledge and student understanding of the scientific thinking about that content. In this paper, we describe this correlation in detail with a focus on a question about the relative motion of the Sun and the Earth. We find that high achieving high school students throughout New York City struggle with what constitutes scientific justification and thought processes, but can improve these skills tremendously in an inquiry-oriented summer astronomy-physics program.
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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
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- Fundamentals
= Newton's Laws
Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2009 American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020104
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0554269
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gf
Keywords:
Inquiry-Based Summer Program, Nature of Scientific Thinking, Observational Astronomy
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Metadata instance created February 16, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Steinberg, S. Cormier, and A. Fernandez, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (2), 020104 (2009), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020104).
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R. Steinberg, S. Cormier, and A. Fernandez, Probing student understanding of scientific thinking in the context of introductory astrophysics Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5 (2), 020104 (2009), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020104>.
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Steinberg, R., Cormier, S., & Fernandez, A. (2009, September 30). Probing student understanding of scientific thinking in the context of introductory astrophysics. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 5(2), 020104. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020104
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Steinberg, R, S. Cormier, and A. Fernandez. "Probing student understanding of scientific thinking in the context of introductory astrophysics." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5, no. 2, (September 30, 2009): 020104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020104 (accessed 24 April 2014).
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Steinberg, Richard, Sebastien Cormier, and Adiel Fernandez. "Probing student understanding of scientific thinking in the context of introductory astrophysics." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5.2 (2009): 020104. 24 Apr. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.5.020104>.
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