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Abstract Title: Student Perspectives on Learning Physics and Their Learning of Force and Motion Concepts
Abstract: Considerable research and curriculum development has focused on students' learning of force and motion concepts, yet research shows that many students fail to gain Newtonian-based understanding of force and motion concepts.  Researchers have demonstrated the connection between learning in physics and students' personal epistemologies.  Yet this research has typically used time intensive qualitative methods or Likert scale surveys which can result in loss of meaning.  Thus this study used Q methodology, a sophisticated technique for determining the various perspectives on a topic by correlating people with similar views.  Four distinct perspectives about learning physics concepts in a first semester physics classroom were revealed with Q.  One of these four perspectives was positively correlated with the posttest scores on the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation (FMCE) while the remaining perspectives were negatively correlated with the FMCE posttest scores.  Implications of these results will be presented.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Susan Ramlo
The University of Akron
3189 Middleton Road
Hudson, OH 44236
Phone: 3309727057

Targeted Poster Session Specific Information

Poster 1 Title: Student Perspectives on Learning Physics and Their Learning of Force and Motion Concepts
Poster 1 Authors: Susan E. Ramlo
Department of Engineering & Science Technology
The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325-6104
sramlo@uakron.edu