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Abstract Title: Is there room for wonderful student ideas within the canon of introductory physics?
Abstract: Introductory physics courses often come with constraints that make them less than the ideal setting for responsive teaching efforts that aim to support students in having wonderful ideas of their own. In this talk, I present cases of students having wonderful ideas in introductory physics courses for the purpose of providing rich illustrations of how wonderful ideas may emerge when parts of the canon are opened up for student sense-making. I follow up with a discussion of how such moments benefit from careful instructional planning and curriculum design that are aimed at supporting both traditional and non-traditional outcomes.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: What Can Be Achieved By Building On Wonderful Ideas
Parallel Session: Parallel Sessions Cluster III

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brian Frank
Middle Tennessee State University