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Abstract Title: Making Sense of Measurements, Making Sense of the Textbook
Abstract: Students entering the special access course in physics at the University of Cape Town generally do not speak English as first language and have experienced poor science teaching. As a consequence they experience a range of difficulties in a number of areas related to learning physics. We discuss research carried out in two such areas (a) understanding of measurement and (b) engagement with the textbook. With regard to (a), an overview of the methodology, analysis framework and findings of previous work will be presented together with more recent preliminary findings regarding audience dependence when conveying measurement results. With regard to (b), the idea of writing chapter summaries was used to guide students through the book with the aim that the textbook would come to be valued as an accessible resource. Findings from the analysis of the student summaries and their attitudes toward summary writing will be presented.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Implementing PER in Other Cultures
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dedra Demaree
Oregon State University
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Saalih Allie (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Julian Taylor (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Fred Lubben (University of York, UK)
Andy Buffler (University of Cape Town, South Africa)