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Abstract Title: Boundary Objects that Mediate Student Physics Motivation
Abstract: This research examines how specific tools can serve as boundary objects that mediate contexts in which students feel motivation to engage in physics. In this study I examine student motivations toward physics and the role of tools in reorganizing social practices in the classroom environment and culture--specifically iPads acting as boundary objects, bridging the cultural practices of students' peers, the physics classroom, and the physics community. The act of creating screencasts arises as a central example of how the iPad can be used to generate and share physics knowledge, while allowing students to incorporate references that are meaningful in their peer cultures. The social construct of a boundary object will be elaborated to demonstrate how learning physics is, at its heart, a socio-cultural cognitive task.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Targeted Session: Stop calling me stupid: Failure avoidance versus empowerment in physics learning

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ben Van Dusen
CU Boulder
990 37th st.
Boulder, CO 80303
Phone: 541-729-6446
and Co-Presenter(s)
Valerie Otero