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Abstract Title: Evolution of Socio-Cultural Perspectives in My Research
Abstract: Over the past 10 years I have been using socio-cultural theoretical perspectives to understand how people learn physics in a highly interactive, inquiry-based physics course such as Physics and Everyday Thinking. As a result of using various perspectives (e.g. Distributed Cognition and Vygotsky's Theory of Concept Formation), my understanding of how these perspectives can be useful for investigating students' learning processes has changed. I will illustrate changes in my thinking about the role of socio-cultural perspectives in understanding physics learning and describe elements of my thinking that have remained stable.  Finally, I will discuss pitfalls in the use of certain perspectives and discuss areas that need attention in theoretical development for PER.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Broadening Our Lens: Socio-Cultural Perspectives in PER (Part I: artifacts and mediation)

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Valerie Otero
University of Colorado