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Student perspective of and experience with sense-making: a case study
written by MacKenzie Lenz, Kelby T. Hahn, Paul J. Emigh, and Elizabeth Gire
One difference between expert and novice problem-solvers is their use of sense-making strategies. Sense-making while solving physics problems involves coordinating the use of algebraic symbols with conceptual understandings, understandings of geometric relationships, and intuitions about the physical world. We have developed a new sophomore-level course that explicitly supports students in using various sense-making strategies in the context of classical mechanics and special relativity. In this paper, we examine one student whose sense-making performance improved dramatically throughout the course. We present an analysis of a series of interviews with this student, his homework, and his pre- and post- sense-making assessments. While he reports having been familiar with many of the sense-making strategies emphasized in the course, he discusses several ways his use of these strategies was enriched. We see evidence of this shift in his written coursework.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 240-243
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Education Foundations
- Cognition
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- Communication
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- Problem Solving
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Relativity
- Special Relativity
- Lower Undergraduate
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M. Lenz, K. Hahn, P. Emigh, and E. Gire, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14615&DocID=4792).
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M. Lenz, K. Hahn, P. Emigh, and E. Gire, Student perspective of and experience with sense-making: a case study, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14615&DocID=4792>.
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Lenz, M., Hahn, K., Emigh, P., & Gire, E. (2017, July 26-27). Student perspective of and experience with sense-making: a case study. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved July 18, 2018, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14615&DocID=4792
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Lenz, M, K. Hahn, P. Emigh, and E. Gire. "Student perspective of and experience with sense-making: a case study." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14615&DocID=4792 (accessed 18 July 2018).
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Lenz, MacKenzie, Kelby T. Hahn, Paul Emigh, and Elizabeth Gire. "Student perspective of and experience with sense-making: a case study." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 240-243 of PER Conference. 18 July 2018 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14615&DocID=4792>.
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