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Abstract Title: “Because math”: Epistemological stance or defusing social tension in quantum mechanics?
Abstract: Often in environments where students are collaboratively working on physics problems, students need to manage social conflict alongside grappling with conceptual and epistemological differences. In this poster, we document several outlets that students use as tools for managing social conflict in the context of discussing quantum mechanics phenomenon in clinical focus group settings. These resources include epistemic distancing, humor, playing on tutorial wording and looking ahead to subsequent questions. We present our preliminary analysis of two episodes where students work collaboratively through a tutorial on the Particle in a Box. Each episode highlights a different manner of navigating social tension in the group- through shared epistemic humor in one case, and through a reinterpretation of the question in the other.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Erin Ronayne Sohr
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742
and Co-Presenter(s)
Benjamin W. Dreyfus, Ayush Gupta, and Andrew Elby (all affiliated with University of Maryland, College Park)

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