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Abstract Title: Methodology and Theorizing in PER: The Role of Humble Theories
Abstract: The "ology" in methodology represents the theoretical framework, which is made up of the concepts, assumptions, expectations and theories that guide and support the study method, analysis and conclusions. In other words, it  sets the boundary conditions for appropriate research questions and their epistemological assumptions  Often, these dynamics can seem intimidating, especially where the interface between theory and particular research questions appear to lie outside our domains of familiarity and our immediate feelings of competency. There is another, more "friendly", category of theorizing that is particularly pertinent to PER work. In my presentation, I will refer to this category as "humble theories". I will discuss how they are constructed with a more localized view in mind, and how they are can be legitimately applicable to a specific content area or context. My discussion will draw on examples from both physics, and from PER areas of research that I have contributed to.
Abstract Type: Plenary

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Saalih Allie
University of Cape Town, South Africa