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Introductory Physics Students’ Epistemological Resources
written by Erin M. Scanlon
A qualitative investigation was conducted of the epistemological resources employed by introductory physics students while solving physics problems in groups. The purpose of this study was to identify the resources employed by introductory physics students and the associated usage patterns of these resources. The epistemological resources were identified using emergent coding and by implementing an operationalized coding scheme from Jones (2015). 25 distinct epistemological resources were identified such as Peer Cognitive Awareness, Mathematical Reasoning, Invoking Authority, and If It's Given It Must Be Used. Students were categorized into groups based on their previous number of mathematics and physics courses completed. Future research will focus on teasing apart the source of the group differences as well as the effect of the different physics problems on student resource usage.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 308-311
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Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
= Social Interaction
- Cognition
- Communication
- Learning Theory
- Problem Solving
= Heuristics
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2016.pr.072
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E. Scanlon, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14256&DocID=4610).
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Scanlon, E. (2016, July 20-21). Introductory Physics Students’ Epistemological Resources. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved August 24, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14256&DocID=4610
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Scanlon, Erin. "Introductory Physics Students’ Epistemological Resources." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14256&DocID=4610 (accessed 24 August 2019).
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Scanlon, Erin. "Introductory Physics Students’ Epistemological Resources." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 308-311 of PER Conference. 24 Aug. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14256&DocID=4610>.
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