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Using multiple survey questions about energy to uncover elements of middle school student reasoning
written by Michael C. Wittmann, Adam Z. Rogers, Carolina Alvarado, Joshua Medina, and Laura A. Millay
One power of middle school physics teaching is its focus on conceptual understanding, rather than mathematical modeling. Teaching energy in middle school allows one to focus on the conceptual ideas, metaphors, and analogies we use to make sense of the topic. In the Next Generation Science Standards, energy is both a core disciplinary idea in the physical sciences and a crosscutting concept. In this paper, we provide several examples of seeming contradictions in student responses to similar questions. For example, students think differently about energy flow to the air or the ground. They also think differently about energy flow in cold and hot situations, though not necessarily as expected. Analyzing these results carefully, in particular when comparing and contrasting seemingly similar questions, may help both researchers and teachers listen for ideas, target instruction, and recognize learning more effectively.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 440-443
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
Education Foundations
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= Methods
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Thermo & Stat Mech
- Thermal Properties of Matter
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- Middle School
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M. Wittmann, A. Rogers, C. Alvarado, J. Medina, and L. Millay, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14664&DocID=4841).
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M. Wittmann, A. Rogers, C. Alvarado, J. Medina, and L. Millay, Using multiple survey questions about energy to uncover elements of middle school student reasoning, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14664&DocID=4841>.
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Wittmann, M., Rogers, A., Alvarado, C., Medina, J., & Millay, L. (2017, July 26-27). Using multiple survey questions about energy to uncover elements of middle school student reasoning. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved July 21, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14664&DocID=4841
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Wittmann, M, A. Rogers, C. Alvarado, J. Medina, and L. Millay. "Using multiple survey questions about energy to uncover elements of middle school student reasoning." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14664&DocID=4841 (accessed 21 July 2019).
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Wittmann, Michael, Adam Z. Rogers, Carolina Alvarado, Joshua Medina, and Laura Millay. "Using multiple survey questions about energy to uncover elements of middle school student reasoning." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 440-443 of PER Conference. 21 July 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14664&DocID=4841>.
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