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Problematizing "cold" with K12 Science Teachers
written by Carolina Alvarado, Michael C. Wittmann, Adam Z. Rogers, and Laura A. Millay
In the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership (MainePSP), we have observed that students improve the way they analyze thermal energy after instruction. Still, many of them continue to use the idea that "coldness" transfers. Past researchers have identified that "cold" is commonly perceived as a separate heat energy. Nevertheless, we have not found specific activities to address this idea. We present analysis of students' conceptual understanding of energy transfer and how the use of coldness as an entity plays a role in it. We explore how both ideas interact with each other using two different multiple choice items. To illustrate the difficulty of addressing student difficulties with coldness, we analyze a collaborative session among K-12 teachers who modeled energy transfers in scenarios similar to the student items and had to work to reconcile the conflict between the two models. Our study shows how the concept of coldness as an energy entity can co-exist and be in conflict with the idea of thermal energy, even after instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 32-35
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Pedagogy
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Heat Transfer
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Temperature
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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PERC 2016
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C. Alvarado, M. Wittmann, A. Rogers, and L. Millay, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14187&DocID=4539).
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C. Alvarado, M. Wittmann, A. Rogers, and L. Millay, Problematizing "cold" with K12 Science Teachers, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14187&DocID=4539>.
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Alvarado, C., Wittmann, M., Rogers, A., & Millay, L. (2016, July 20-21). Problematizing "cold" with K12 Science Teachers. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved August 20, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14187&DocID=4539
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Alvarado, C, M. Wittmann, A. Rogers, and L. Millay. "Problematizing "cold" with K12 Science Teachers." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14187&DocID=4539 (accessed 20 August 2017).
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Alvarado, Carolina, Michael Wittmann, Adam Z. Rogers, and Laura Millay. "Problematizing "cold" with K12 Science Teachers." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 32-35 of PER Conference. 20 Aug. 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14187&DocID=4539>.
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