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Abstract Title: Nonlinear Development of Newtonian Concepts
Abstract: Learning by Design (TM) follows a tight spiral approach with multiple passes through the same Newtonian principles in a project based curriculum. This afforded a time series measurement of understanding to explore conceptual development. Such a measurement, based on the FMCE, was conducted in two years of middle school. Data is presented from each of these years that demonstrates a temporary degradation of performance during that development. By comparison with early childhood data on U-shaped development, a possible explanation is advanced, but further work is required to test that hypothesis as this particular experiment has significant confounding variables.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Paul J. Camp
Spelman College
350 Spelman Lane Box 373
Physics Department
Atlanta, GA 30312
Phone: 404-270-5864