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Using disciplinary perspectives to refine conceptions of the “real world”
written by Abhilash Nair, Paul W. Irving, and Vashti Sawtelle
It has been reported that students often leave the introductory physics classroom believing that physics is less connected to the real world than when they entered. In this paper we aim to complicate that narrative by considering students' experiences in an introductory physics for the life sciences course that leverages students' disciplinary expertise in biology and chemistry as they learn physics. In a case study of three students, we probed the role of physics in their lives to challenge the typical interpretation of PER attitudinal and epistemological measures that aim to assess how students connect physics to their lives outside of the classroom. Although we find that our life science students' rarely think of physics in their everyday lives, they make a variety of connections to the real world. We argue that in order to reflect students' rich disciplinary experiences, our understanding of how students connect physics to life outside the classroom needs to be nuanced or expanded.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 268-271
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Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
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Modern Physics
- Biophysics
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A. Nair, P. Irving, and V. Sawtelle, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14622&DocID=4799).
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A. Nair, P. Irving, and V. Sawtelle, Using disciplinary perspectives to refine conceptions of the “real world”, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14622&DocID=4799>.
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Nair, A., Irving, P., & Sawtelle, V. (2017, July 26-27). Using disciplinary perspectives to refine conceptions of the “real world”. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 19, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14622&DocID=4799
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Nair, A, P. Irving, and V. Sawtelle. "Using disciplinary perspectives to refine conceptions of the “real world”." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14622&DocID=4799 (accessed 19 September 2020).
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Nair, Abhilash, Paul Irving, and Vashti Sawtelle. "Using disciplinary perspectives to refine conceptions of the “real world”." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 268-271 of PER Conference. 19 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14622&DocID=4799>.
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