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written by Hunter G. Close, Lezlie S. DeWater, Eleanor W. Close, Rachel E. Scherr, and Sarah B. McKagan
The Algebra Project, led by R. Moses, provides access to understanding of algebra for middle school students and their teachers by guiding them to participate actively and communally in the construction of regimented symbolic systems. We have extended this work by applying it to the professional development of science teachers (K-12) in energy. As we apply the Algebra Project method, the focus of instruction shifts from the learning of specific concepts within the broad theme of energy to the gradual regimentation of the interplay between learners' observation, thinking, graphic representation, and communication. This approach is suitable for teaching energy, which by its transcendence can seem to defy a linear instructional sequence. The learning of specific energy content thus becomes more learner- directed and unpredictable, though at no apparent cost to its extent. Meanwhile, teachers seem empowered by this method to see beginners as legitimate participants in the scientific process.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 9-12
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PERC 2010, discourse, education, graphic representation, learning systems, professional development, teaching
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H. Close, L. DeWater, E. Close, R. Scherr, and S. McKagan, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10368&DocID=1844).
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H. Close, L. DeWater, E. Close, R. Scherr, and S. McKagan, Using the Algebra Project Method to Regiment Discourse in an Energy Course for Teachers presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10368&DocID=1844>.
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Close, H., DeWater, L., Close, E., Scherr, R., & McKagan, S. (2010, July 21-22). Using the Algebra Project Method to Regiment Discourse in an Energy Course for Teachers. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved August 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10368&DocID=1844
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Close, H, L. DeWater, E. Close, R. Scherr, and S. McKagan. "Using the Algebra Project Method to Regiment Discourse in an Energy Course for Teachers." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10368&DocID=1844 (accessed 29 August 2014).
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Close, Hunter, Lezlie DeWater, Eleanor Close, Rachel Scherr, and Sarah B. McKagan. "Using the Algebra Project Method to Regiment Discourse in an Energy Course for Teachers." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 9-12 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 29 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10368&DocID=1844>.
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