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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Charles Baily and Noah D. Finkelstein
Just as expert physicists vary in their personal stances on interpretation in quantum mechanics, instructors vary on whether and how to teach interpretations of quantum phenomena in introductory modern physics courses. In this paper, we document variations in instructional approaches with respect to interpretation in two similar modern physics courses recently taught at the University of Colorado, and examine associated impacts on student perspectives regarding quantum physics. We find students are more likely to prefer realist interpretations of quantum-mechanical systems when instructors are less explicit in addressing student ontologies. We also observe contextual variations in student beliefs about quantum systems, indicating that instructors who choose to address questions of ontology in quantum mechanics should do so explicitly across a range of topics.
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© 2010 American Physical Society
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10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010101
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contextual variations, instructional approaches, modern physics, ontology, quantum physics
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C. Baily and N. Finkelstein, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6 (1), 010101 (2010), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010101).
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C. Baily and N. Finkelstein, Teaching and understanding of quantum interpretations in modern physics courses, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6 (1), 010101 (2010), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010101>.
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Baily, C., & Finkelstein, N. (2010, January 27). Teaching and understanding of quantum interpretations in modern physics courses. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 6(1), 010101. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010101
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Baily, Charles, and Noah Finkelstein. "Teaching and understanding of quantum interpretations in modern physics courses." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6, no. 1, (January 27, 2010): 010101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010101 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Baily, Charles, and Noah Finkelstein. "Teaching and understanding of quantum interpretations in modern physics courses." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 6.1 (2010): 010101. 17 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.6.010101>.
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