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Abstract Title: An Examination of Expert/Novice Positional Identities in the Disciplines
Abstract: We present a qualitative analysis of a group of students working through a task designed to build connections between biology, chemistry, and physics. During the discussion members of the group explicitly index some of the ideas being presented as coming from "chemistry" and from "physics." While there is evidence that students seek coherence between outside knowledge and in-class knowledge, there is little evidence of reasoning with one another's ideas, resulting in a lack of reconciliation. In this talk we present evidence that the difficulty students face in trying to reconcile each other's ideas can be understood through a positional identity lens. We examine how students position themselves and each other as experts and novices and explore how this positioning contributes to the lack of the reconciliation of ideas for these students.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Vashti Sawtelle
University of Maryland, College Park
Box 438
082 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742-4111
Phone: 301.405.6179
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandra Turpen, University of Maryland, College Park
Tiffany-Rose Sikorski, University of Maryland, College Park
Edward F. Redish, University of Maryland, College Park

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