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Abstract Title: University Student Conceptual Resources for Understanding Energy
Abstract: We report some of the common, prevalent conceptual resources that students used to reason about energy, based on our analysis of written responses to questions given to 807 introductory physics students. These resources include, for example, associating forms of energy with indicators, relating forces and energy, and representing energy quantitatively. This research responds to a need for large-scale, resources-oriented research on students' conceptual understanding. It has the potential to support the development of an underexplored dimension of pedagogical content knowledge--knowledge of studentresources for understanding energy--and contributes to the growing field of conceptual-resources-oriented research. Our aim is to promote instructor take-up of the resources theory of knowledge, and we suggest a number of ways in which instructors might capitalize on the resources we report.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Parallel Session: Identifying Conceptual Resources for Understanding Physics
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Hannah Sabo
University of Maryland
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lisa Goodhew, University of Washington
Amy D. Robertson, Seattle Pacific University