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Student Epistemological Mode Constraining Researcher Access to Student Thinking: An Example from an Interview on Charge Flow Documents

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Student Epistemological Mode Constraining Researcher Access to Student Thinking: An Example from an Interview on Charge Flow 

written by Michael C. Wittmann and Rachel E. Scherr

A student's guiding epistemological mode (be it knowledge as memorized information, knowledge from authority, or knowledge as fabricated stuff) may constrain that student from reasoning in productive ways while also shaping the inferences a researcher can make about how that student reasons about a particular phenomenon. We discuss both cases in the con-text of an individual student interview on charge flow in wires. In the first part of the interview, her focus on memorized knowledge prevents the researcher from learning about her detailed reasoning about current. In the second part of the interview, her focus on constructed knowledge provides the researcher with a picture of her reasoning about the physical mechanisms of charge flow.

Published August 7, 2002
Last Modified April 11, 2009

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