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Abstract Title: What Happens when Students Design Their Own Experiments: Frames, Goals and Strategies
Abstract: Several reform curricula (such as the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE)) incorporate design tasks under the assumption that by overcoming the challenges of the assignment, students would not only construct scientific concepts, but they will develop, as well, the abilities necessary to build new knowledge and solve new problems.
What happens when students have to generate their own procedures and conclusions? How do they frame these problems? How do they interact with each other and the material? To explore these issues, we video-recorded several student groups designing and conducting an experiment in an unknown topic and we analyzed these recordings using qualitative techniques.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Maria Ruibal-Villasenor
Rutgers University
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Anna Karelina and Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University;
etkina -at- rci.rutgers.edu,
anna.karelina -at- gmail.com