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Abstract Title: Documenting and Interpreting Ways to Engage Students in ‘Thinking Like a Physicist’
Abstract: The Paradigms in Physics Program at Oregon State University has adapted a variety of interactive pedagogies to engage students in "thinking like a physicist."  Video recordings of class sessions document what the students and instructor say and do.  This paper discusses development of narrative interpretations of such videos.  Examples are drawn from two detailed narratives of wrap-up discussions during which the main ideas emerged during the discussions rather than during the tasks that the students had been doing in their small groups. The goal of these "compare and contrast" wrap-up discussions was to help the students envision connections among geometric and algebraic representations of the mathematics they would be using during the coming weeks of instruction in quantum mechanics. The purpose of the narratives is to provide examples of wrap-up discussions with commentary about ways in which the instructor was choosing to guide this process.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE 0618877
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Characterizing Participation in and around the Physics Classroom

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Emily van Zee
Oregon State University
Department of Science and Mathematics Education
Corvallis, OR
and Co-Presenter(s)
Corinne Manogue, Department of Physics, Oregon State University