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Abstract Title: "Seeing" the development of physical theory in students' minds
Abstract: We have only our experiences of students' behaviors, verbal, gestural, kinesthetic, affective, symbolic, diagrammatic, etc., from which to imagine what might be their understandings of the phenomena to which we direct their attentions.  When students work alone, they are deprived of one of the necessary components for development, namely social interactions in an intellectually challenging situation.  In these evidence rich settings of students constructing and mutually negotiating for meaning of physical theory for a phenomenon, we have a window on the development of physical theory in their minds. Through this window we can observe the students constructing and testing new explanations for experiences that do not fit their initial expectations about those experiences, the development of physical theory in students' minds. A video of students constructing new understanding will be used to illustrate this perspective.
Abstract Type: Targeted Poster
Targeted Session: Out of One, Many; Five Researchers Analyze the Same Student Video

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dewey I Dykstra
Boise State University
Physics Dept, Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1570
Phone: (208) 867-7165