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Towards understanding learning challenges involving sign conventions in introductory level kinematics
written by Moa Eriksson, Cedric J. Linder, and Urban Eriksson
Coming to appropriately appreciate the meaning of algebraic signs is an important aspect in introductory kinematics. However, in this educational context, the "disciplinary relevant aspects" of algebraic signs across vector and scalar representations are extremely difficult to discern. Our study explores the "relevance structure" that one-dimensional kinematics problems evoked for introductory level university physics students across two very different educational systems which have, in PER terms, progressive teaching environments: Sweden (n=60) and South Africa (n=24). The outcomes of two previous PER studies are used to provide the analytic basis for formulating categories of relevance structure. Aspects of a contemporary PER-developed social semiotics perspective (referred to here in terms of communication practices) are used to discuss implications for teaching in the given educational context of introductory kinematics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Education - Basic Research
- Communication
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- Learning Theory
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
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M. Eriksson, C. Linder, and U. Eriksson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14782&DocID=4929).
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M. Eriksson, C. Linder, and U. Eriksson, Towards understanding learning challenges involving sign conventions in introductory level kinematics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14782&DocID=4929>.
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Eriksson, M., Linder, C., & Eriksson, U. (2018, August 1-2). Towards understanding learning challenges involving sign conventions in introductory level kinematics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14782&DocID=4929
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Eriksson, M, C. Linder, and U. Eriksson. "Towards understanding learning challenges involving sign conventions in introductory level kinematics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14782&DocID=4929 (accessed 3 March 2021).
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Eriksson, Moa, Cedric J. Linder, and Urban Eriksson. "Towards understanding learning challenges involving sign conventions in introductory level kinematics." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 3 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14782&DocID=4929>.
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