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Abstract Title: Characterizing Consensus about the Definition of a Physics Model
Abstract: How does one define physics model?  How does one judge how "good" a model is?  In this study, I developed and used a coding scheme to examine a conversation in which a group of undergraduate freshmen attempt to answer these questions.  As part of a model-building course taught by the Compass Project at the University of California, Berkeley, students were asked to come to consensus on a definition for physics model.  Students brought up and argued about sixteen distinct claims to include in their definition.  I will present data and a coding scheme to characterize student and instructor moves that result in the acceptance or rejection of claims during the consensus-based discussion.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Primary Contact: Gina Quan
University of California, Berkeley