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“Because math”: Epistemological stance or defusing social tension in quantum mechanics?
written by Erin Ronayne Sohr, Benjamin W. Dreyfus, Ayush Gupta, and Andrew Elby
In collaborative small-group work, physics students need to both manage social conflict and grapple with conceptual and epistemological differences. In this paper, we document several outlets that students use as tools for managing social conflict when addressing quantum mechanics tutorials in clinical focus groups. These resources include epistemic distancing, humor, playing on tutorial wording and looking ahead to subsequent questions. We present preliminary analysis of episodes where students work through a Particle in a Box tutorial. Each episode highlights a different manner of navigating social tension: through shared epistemic humor in one case, and reinterpretation of the question in the other.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 319-322
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10.1119/perc.2015.pr.075
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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E. Sohr, B. Dreyfus, A. Gupta, and A. Elby, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13898&DocID=4316).
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E. Sohr, B. Dreyfus, A. Gupta, and A. Elby, “Because math”: Epistemological stance or defusing social tension in quantum mechanics?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13898&DocID=4316>.
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Sohr, E., Dreyfus, B., Gupta, A., & Elby, A. (2015, July 29-30). “Because math”: Epistemological stance or defusing social tension in quantum mechanics?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13898&DocID=4316
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Sohr, E, B. Dreyfus, A. Gupta, and A. Elby. "“Because math”: Epistemological stance or defusing social tension in quantum mechanics?." 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=13898&DocID=4316 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Sohr, Erin Ronayne, Benjamin Dreyfus, Ayush Gupta, and Andrew Elby. "“Because math”: Epistemological stance or defusing social tension in quantum mechanics?." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 319-322 of PER Conference. 13 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13898&DocID=4316>.
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