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Students' context-sensitive use of two kinds of conceptual resources for mechanical wave reflection
written by Lisa M. Goodhew, Amy D. Robertson, Paula R. L. Heron, and Rachel E. Scherr
In this paper, we refine and substantiate an initial observation that different styles of conceptual physics questions (i.e., questions that ask students to explain a phenomenon versus questions that ask students to predict an outcome and explain their reasoning) elicit different kinds of conceptual resources in students' responses. We analyze the responses that students from three universities gave to written questions about reflection of mechanical pulses. Some responses draw on rules, principles, or procedures; other responses use ideas about force, energy, and motion to reason about wave phenomena. In this preliminary study, we investigate the frequency of each kind of response. We find that a question which asks students to predict the outcome of an experiment regarding mechanical wave reflection more commonly elicits ideas about rules, principles, and procedures, while a question that describes the outcome of a wave propagation experiment and asks students to explain the phenomenon more commonly elicits ideas about forces, energy, and motion.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 184-189
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Problem/Question
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Reflection, Refraction, Transmission
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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L. Goodhew, A. Robertson, P. Heron, and R. Scherr, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15274&DocID=5185).
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L. Goodhew, A. Robertson, P. Heron, and R. Scherr, Students' context-sensitive use of two kinds of conceptual resources for mechanical wave reflection, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15274&DocID=5185>.
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Goodhew, L., Robertson, A., Heron, P., & Scherr, R. (2019, July 24-25). Students' context-sensitive use of two kinds of conceptual resources for mechanical wave reflection. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved November 23, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15274&DocID=5185
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Goodhew, L, A. Robertson, P. Heron, and R. Scherr. "Students' context-sensitive use of two kinds of conceptual resources for mechanical wave reflection." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15274&DocID=5185 (accessed 23 November 2020).
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Goodhew, Lisa M., Amy Robertson, Paula Heron, and Rachel Scherr. "Students' context-sensitive use of two kinds of conceptual resources for mechanical wave reflection." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 184-189 of PER Conference. 23 Nov. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15274&DocID=5185>.
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