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Student-identified themes around computation in high school physics
written by Theodore E. Bott, Daniel P. Weller, Marcos D. Caballero, and Paul W. Irving
In response to the growing emphasis on computational thinking in recent multi-state education standards, as well as the ever-changing applicability of computation in both educational and professional realms, we are developing a survey which evaluates the attitudes of students exposed to computational learning activities in their high school physics classrooms. We administered a pilot questionnaire in classrooms with computation integrated into their physics curricula and conducted a thematic analysis on student responses. Several expected themes (identified previously from teacher interviews) and emergent themes (emerging from open-ended responses to the survey) arose in our analysis. This work focuses on three main themes: the applicability of physics ideas in coding, computational thinking practices, and the usefulness of computation. We provide an in-depth discussion of response variation and its impact on future survey development. This work lays the foundation for the development of a robust and validated survey that assesses students' opinions, expectations, and attitudes towards learning computation in their science classes.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
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Education - Applied Research
- Technology
= Computers
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
= Methods
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
General Physics
- Computational Physics
- High School
- Reference Material
= Research study
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T. Bott, D. Weller, M. Caballero, and P. Irving, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15255&DocID=5167).
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T. Bott, D. Weller, M. Caballero, and P. Irving, Student-identified themes around computation in high school physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15255&DocID=5167>.
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Bott, T., Weller, D., Caballero, M., & Irving, P. (2019, July 24-25). Student-identified themes around computation in high school physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved April 8, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15255&DocID=5167
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Bott, T, D. Weller, M. Caballero, and P. Irving. "Student-identified themes around computation in high school physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15255&DocID=5167 (accessed 8 April 2020).
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Bott, Theodore E., Daniel P. Weller, Marcos Caballero, and Paul Irving. "Student-identified themes around computation in high school physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 8 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15255&DocID=5167>.
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