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written by Enrique Suarez and Valerie K. Otero
Despite the extensive body of research that supports scientific inquiry and argumentation as cornerstones of physics learning, these strategies continue to be virtually absent in most classrooms, especially those that involve students who are learning English as a second language. This study presents results from an investigation of 3rd grade students' discourse about how length and tension affect the sound produced by a string. These students came from a variety of language backgrounds, and all were learning English as a second language. Our results demonstrate varying levels, and uses, of experiential, imaginative, and mechanistic reasoning strategies. Using specific examples from students' discourse, we will demonstrate some of the productive aspects of working within multiple language frameworks for making sense of physics. Conjectures will be made about how to utilize physics as a context for English Language Learners to further conceptual understanding, while developing their competence in the English language.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 406-409
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Communication
= Speaking
- Sample Population
= Background: English as a Second Language
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Wave Properties of Sound
- Elementary School
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789738
PACSs:
01.40.eg
01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha.
Keywords:
PERC 2012, Student inquiry, multiple language, student discussion
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E. Suarez and V. Otero, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12864&DocID=3396).
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E. Suarez and V. Otero, 3rd grade English language learners making sense of sound, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12864&DocID=3396>.
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Suarez, E., & Otero, V. (2012, August 1-2). 3rd grade English language learners making sense of sound. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved October 20, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12864&DocID=3396
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Suarez, Enrique, and Valerie Otero. "3rd grade English language learners making sense of sound." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12864&DocID=3396 (accessed 20 October 2014).
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Suarez, Enrique, and Valerie Otero. "3rd grade English language learners making sense of sound." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 406-409 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12864&DocID=3396>.
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