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Making Models of Measurement Tools: Examples from Think-Aloud Student Interviews
written by Benjamin M. Zwickl, Dehui Hu, Noah D. Finkelstein, and H. J. Lewandowski
Constructing and using models are core scientific practices that have gained significant attention within K-12 and higher education. Although modeling is a broadly applicable process, within physics education, it has been preferentially applied to the iterative development of broadly-applicable principles (e.g., Newton's laws of motion in introductory mechanics). We show how similar modeling processes can be invoked as a means to understand the real-world complexities of experimental apparatus, including the measurement tools, in upper-division laboratory courses. In the context of a think-aloud experimental activity involving optics and electronics, we document examples where students apply all of the key facets of modeling to their apparatus and measurement tools: construction, prediction, interpretation of data, identification of model limitations, and revision. A modeling perspective reframes many of the seemingly arbitrary technical details of measurement tools and apparatus as an opportunity for authentic and engaging scientific sense-making.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 291 - 294
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- Upper Undergraduate
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.069
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1043028
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PACSs:
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PERC 2014, assessment, experimental physics, laboratory, modeling
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B. Zwickl, D. Hu, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13508&DocID=4103).
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B. Zwickl, D. Hu, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski, Making Models of Measurement Tools: Examples from Think-Aloud Student Interviews, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13508&DocID=4103>.
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Zwickl, B., Hu, D., Finkelstein, N., & Lewandowski, H. (2014, July 30-31). Making Models of Measurement Tools: Examples from Think-Aloud Student Interviews. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13508&DocID=4103
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Zwickl, B, D. Hu, N. Finkelstein, and H. Lewandowski. "Making Models of Measurement Tools: Examples from Think-Aloud Student Interviews." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13508&DocID=4103 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Zwickl, Benjamin, Dehui Hu, Noah Finkelstein, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Making Models of Measurement Tools: Examples from Think-Aloud Student Interviews." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 291 - 294 of PER Conference. 17 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13508&DocID=4103>.
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