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Context of authority may affect students’ evaluations of measurement
written by Emily M. Smith, Nicole Chodkowski, and N. G. Holmes
Recent research in introductory physics labs suggests that most students judge the quality of a measurement based on a comparison with theory. To probe this dimension of students' judgments based on authority, we sought to evaluate whether students' responses about evaluations of measurement depended on contextual cues. We asked students which measurement of the acceleration due to gravity was 'better:' (1) one given with uncertainty and found by 'you and your friend' or 'you and your research group' or (2) a textbook value with no reported uncertainty but more significant figures. By deliberately structuring multiple possible forms of authority (e.g., precision, expertise, equipment, theory) we intended to draw out nuances in how students draw upon authority in evaluating the quality of measurements. Our results suggest that contextual cues may influence students' judgments about measurement and the authority that they draw upon more than lab instruction aimed at developing students' experimentation skills.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 554-559
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General Physics
- Measurement/Units
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- Scientific Reasoning
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E. Smith, N. Chodkowski, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15298&DocID=5210).
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E. Smith, N. Chodkowski, and N. Holmes, Context of authority may affect students’ evaluations of measurement, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15298&DocID=5210>.
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Smith, E., Chodkowski, N., & Holmes, N. (2019, July 24-25). Context of authority may affect students’ evaluations of measurement. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15298&DocID=5210
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Smith, E, N. Chodkowski, and N. Holmes. "Context of authority may affect students’ evaluations of measurement." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15298&DocID=5210 (accessed 17 October 2021).
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Smith, Emily M., Nicole Chodkowski, and Natasha G. Holmes. "Context of authority may affect students’ evaluations of measurement." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 554-559 of PER Conference. 17 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15298&DocID=5210>.
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@inproceedings{ Author = "Emily M. Smith and Nicole Chodkowski and Natasha G. Holmes", Title = {Context of authority may affect students’ evaluations of measurement}, BookTitle = {Physics Education Research Conference 2019}, Pages = {554-559}, Address = {Provo, UT}, Series = {PER Conference}, Month = {July 24-25}, Year = {2019} }
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