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Student sense-making on homework in a sophomore mechanics course
written by Kelby T. Hahn, Paul J. Emigh, MacKenzie Lenz, and Elizabeth Gire
When students solve physics problems, physics instructors hope that they use and interpret algebraic symbols in coordination with their conceptual understanding, their understanding of geometric relationships, and their intuitions about the physical world. We call this process physics sense-making. \Plug-and-chug" and \template" problem solving strategies, which are common for many students, exclude sense-making. We have designed a mechanics course for sophomore, under-graduate students that emphasizes sense-making and traditional physics content in equal measure. Sense-making is supported in all aspects of the course: during in-class activities, on augmented homework assignments, and on exams. While sense-making prompts on homework assignments are strongly scaffolded at the beginning of the course, these supports fade as the course progresses. In this paper, we discuss an analysis of students' homework responses to open-ended sense-making prompts throughout the course.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 160-163
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K. Hahn, P. Emigh, M. Lenz, 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=14595&DocID=4772).
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K. Hahn, P. Emigh, M. Lenz, and E. Gire, Student sense-making on homework in a sophomore mechanics course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14595&DocID=4772>.
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Hahn, K., Emigh, P., Lenz, M., & Gire, E. (2017, July 26-27). Student sense-making on homework in a sophomore mechanics course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved November 20, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14595&DocID=4772
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Hahn, K, P. Emigh, M. Lenz, and E. Gire. "Student sense-making on homework in a sophomore mechanics course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14595&DocID=4772 (accessed 20 November 2019).
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Hahn, Kelby T., Paul Emigh, MacKenzie Lenz, and Elizabeth Gire. "Student sense-making on homework in a sophomore mechanics course." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 160-163 of PER Conference. 20 Nov. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14595&DocID=4772>.
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