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Abstract Title: Relationships across Communities of Practice Pertaining to Student Physics Learning
Abstract: At Oregon State University, we are undergoing curriculum reform in our large-enrollment introductory calculus-based physics sequence.  As part of this reform, we are integrating materials borrowed from the ISLE (Investigative Science Learning Environment) at Rutgers and California State University, Chico. ISLE has been found to help develop scientific abilities through processes practiced as authentic scientists. Using Peer Instruction to engage students in these practices, our curricular reforms assist the development of a community of practice (Wenger, 1998) which enables students to participate in social interactions and make meaning of their experiences in class to build a shared repertoire of knowledge. Additionally students develop practice beyond our physics community as they participate in other academic as well as non-academic communities of practice throughout their daily lives. This poster will describe the development of students doing physics in the network of communities of practice and how we can support it.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sissi L. Li
Oregon State University
301 Weniger Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-914-3253
Fax: 541-737-1683
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dedra N. Demaree