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Physics students' epistemic framings for a conceptual test question
written by Tyler D. Scott, Catherine McGough, and Lisa Benson
Quality assessment of student learning is important in physics education. However, it can be challenging to construct assessments measuring students' understanding of concepts and elicit deeper levels of cognition during problem solving. Tests are common assessments, but students assume test questions will have a numeric or symbolic answer. This study analyzes test responses and reflections on a question without a numeric or symbolic answer from a calculus-based physics class. Though designed to test conceptual understanding, students' assumptions and expectations about test questions hindered their ability to accurately represent their understanding.We analyzed students' responses and short reflections on the problem by looking at ways students tried to solve the problem and their uncertainties when confronted by a non-traditional test question. Using a framework of epistemic resources, we found that students used a variety of resources to pursue a solution; though common patterns emerge that can inform instructors and physics education researchers.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 307-310
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- Cognition
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10.1119/perc.2015.pr.072
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Assessment, PERC 2015
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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T. Scott, C. McGough, and L. Benson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13895&DocID=4313).
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T. Scott, C. McGough, and L. Benson, Physics students' epistemic framings for a conceptual test question, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13895&DocID=4313>.
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Scott, T., McGough, C., & Benson, L. (2015, July 29-30). Physics students' epistemic framings for a conceptual test question. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13895&DocID=4313
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Scott, T, C. McGough, and L. Benson. "Physics students' epistemic framings for a conceptual test question." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13895&DocID=4313 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Scott, Tyler, Catherine McGough, and Lisa Benson. "Physics students' epistemic framings for a conceptual test question." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 307-310 of PER Conference. 16 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13895&DocID=4313>.
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