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Characterizing differences in students' epistemologies between classical and quantum physics
written by Isaac E.W. Hanemann, Jessica R. Hoehn, and Noah D. Finkelstein
In previous work, we demonstrated the existence of differences between students' epistemologies (beliefs about knowing and learning) in classical and quantum physics. Here, we explore the pervasiveness of these "splits" using five bifurcated items from the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) distributed across ten courses and four institutions (N=571). Data come from both lower and upper division quantum mechanics courses, with a variety of instructional and pedagogical contexts. Further, we investigate why students answer questions differently about classical and quantum physics through analysis of focus groups. We find splits in all course-instances surveyed. We develop a coding scheme that documents variations in epistemic beliefs between classical and quantum along themes of the following 5 categories: intuition, mathematics, social/cultural/experiential, quantum weirdness, and coherence. Lastly, we provide instances where students' epistemological splits reflect a sophisticated stance towards learning.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Classical Mechanics
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Education Foundations
- Student Characteristics
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Quantum Physics
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
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I. Hanemann, J. Hoehn, and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14793&DocID=4940).
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I. Hanemann, J. Hoehn, and N. Finkelstein, Characterizing differences in students' epistemologies between classical and quantum physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14793&DocID=4940>.
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Hanemann, I., Hoehn, J., & Finkelstein, N. (2018, August 1-2). Characterizing differences in students' epistemologies between classical and quantum physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14793&DocID=4940
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Hanemann, I, J. Hoehn, and N. Finkelstein. "Characterizing differences in students' epistemologies between classical and quantum physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14793&DocID=4940 (accessed 18 September 2020).
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Hanemann, Isaac E.W., Jessica R. Hoehn, and Noah Finkelstein. "Characterizing differences in students' epistemologies between classical and quantum physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 18 Sep. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14793&DocID=4940>.
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