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Abstract Title: Dignifying the human condition. How PhET sim design respects student agency.
Abstract: As a researcher, I place a high value on feeling empowered as a key agent of my own learning. As an educator, I place a high value on empowering students as agents of their own learning. In this poster I will ask: how can educational tools be designed and used such that students take credit for what they do and learn? I will use PhET interactive simulations as an example. Educational tools re-structure the world in order to make student learning more efficient. There is always a balance between how much re-structuring is pre-determined for students, and how much is left to student choice. My theoretical bias aims to help students feel both responsible for and capable of exploring and re-structuring the world, hence seeing themselves as key agents of their own learning. I will describe this theoretical framework and how it aligns with my values and respects student agency.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: The influence of theoretical frameworks on researchers' attitudes towards students

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Noah Podolefsky
University of Colorado at Boulder
Department of Physics
390 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
Phone: 303-641-8217