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Abstract Title: Students' Use Of Real-World Knowledge During Collaborative Physics Problem Solving
Abstract: In this poster I will describe students' use of their real-world knowledge and their epistemological framing during collaborative group recitation problems in an introductory algebra-based physics course for non-physics majors.  Analysis of 14 different student groups working on three different recitation problems reveals that:

1. Despite significant prompting within the problems and support in lecture, over half of the groups do not make significant use of their real-world knowledge as a part of their solution to the recitation problems.

2.  Students that do make use of their real-world knowledge do so during conceptual discussion, but not during procedural discussion.

Implications for instruction and future research will be discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mathew Martinuk
University of British Columbia
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