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Tracking the referent system to understand students' math modeling processes
written by Christopher Webster and Benjamin M. Zwickl
Math modeling is an iterative process where students use their observations and reasoning abilities to create and refine predictions or explanations about a single referent system (e.g., a lab apparatus). However, modeling may be complicated by the presence of multiple problem representations in an activity (e.g., both a word problem and a video demo), in which case students have multiple referents to consider. To study students' modeling behavior in these situations, we conducted think-aloud interviews with pairs of students around a kinematics activity. While creating process maps of students' modeling, we found that tracking students' "system focus" was critical to interpreting their reasoning and decisions. The model referent is no longer seen as a static object; instead, it is a dynamic object that changes in response to both structured prompts and spontaneous events. This concept gives rise to practical insights into activity design and implementation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
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= Representations
- Problem Solving
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10.1119/perc.2019.pr.Webster
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C. Webster and B. Zwickl, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15230&DocID=5145).
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C. Webster and B. Zwickl, Tracking the referent system to understand students' math modeling processes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15230&DocID=5145>.
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Webster, C., & Zwickl, B. (2019, July 24-25). Tracking the referent system to understand students' math modeling processes. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved July 7, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15230&DocID=5145
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Webster, Christopher, and Benjamin Zwickl. "Tracking the referent system to understand students' math modeling processes." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15230&DocID=5145 (accessed 7 July 2020).
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Webster, Christopher, and Benjamin Zwickl. "Tracking the referent system to understand students' math modeling processes." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 7 July 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15230&DocID=5145>.
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