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Abstract Title: Communicating scientific ideas: one element of physics expertise
Abstract: In this poster we present an alternative perspective to physics expertise research. Using Lave and Wenger's theoretical perspective of Legitimate Peripheral Participation as a guide to understanding expertise development, we redefine expertise from the perspective of the physicists. We analyze data from an ethnographic, qualitative study of a physics research group and draw data from multiple sources to triangulate a definition of expert. Results show that a very critical part of becoming a physics expert in this physics research group is communicating one's scientific ideas in writing. Evidence suggests that scientific writing is at the heart of this physics research group. It is demonstrated through the students' perception of scientific writing as an important aspect in expertise development and it is a significant discussion point in the research meetings. Thus, it appears that learning to write a scientific paper is a process parallel to developing physics expertise.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Idaykis Rodriguez
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-206-6154
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eric Brewe, Florida International University
Laird H. Kramer, Florida International University