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Abstract Title: Toward Identifying the Sense-Making Habits of Introductory Physics Students
Abstract: Deep understandings of physics require students to make sense of physics ideas and problems rather than recalling information or performing algorithmic procedures. Sense-making activities during problem-solving might include visualizing the problem situation, searching for a formula, or comparing the problem situation to a real world example. We surveyed n=35 introductory physics students about their sense-making activities while solving physics problems. The survey included items from the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS). We then conducted focus group interviews and problem-solving interviews with a subset of these students in order to identify the students' sense-making activities as they occurred. Based on the survey and interview data, we make observations about the sense-making activities of introductory physics students.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brinkley Mathews
University of Memphis
CPS 2324
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 6155872413
and Co-Presenter(s)
Elizabeth Gire