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International Journal of Science Education
written by Andy Buffler, Saalih Allie, and Fred Lubben
The ideas of first year university students about measurement in the physics laboratory are explored. Student responses to written probes administered at the beginning of the year are compared to those written after a 12 week laboratory course. The 'point' and 'set' paradigms are used as a model to analyse the responses to the probes. At the heart of the point paradigm is that both action and reasoning are based solely on individual measurements in a data set. On the other hand, subscribing to the set paradigm implies an understanding that a series of measurements are to be viewed as a collective that can be modelled by theoretical constructs, such as the mean and standard deviation. The degree of consistent use of these paradigms by individual students across the sets of probes is investigated. Implications for effective teaching interventions in the physics laboratory are discussed.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 23, Issue 11, Pages 1137-1156
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Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
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10.1080/09500690110039567
Keywords:
Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Structures, Higher Education, Knowledge Representation, Measurement, Physics, Prior Learning, Science Process Skills
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Metadata instance created June 13, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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November 3, 2005 by Vince Kuo
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A. Buffler, S. Allie, and F. Lubben, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23 (11), 1137 (2001), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110039567).
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A. Buffler, S. Allie, and F. Lubben, The development of first year physics students' ideas about measurement in terms of point and set paradigms Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23 (11), 1137 (2001), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110039567>.
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Buffler, A., Allie, S., & Lubben, F. (2001, November 1). The development of first year physics students' ideas about measurement in terms of point and set paradigms. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 23(11), 1137-1156. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110039567
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Buffler, A, S. Allie, and F. Lubben. "The development of first year physics students' ideas about measurement in terms of point and set paradigms." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23, no. 11, (November 1, 2001): 1137-1156, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110039567 (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Buffler, Andy, Saalih Allie, and Fred Lubben. "The development of first year physics students' ideas about measurement in terms of point and set paradigms." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 23.11 (2001): 1137-1156. 29 July 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690110039567>.
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