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The use of epistemic distancing to create a safe space to sensemake in introductory physics tutorials
written by Luke D. Conlin
In active engagement physics classrooms, students get opportunities to make sense of physics together through discussion. They do not always take up these opportunities, in part because of the risk of sharing their ideas and having them rejected by their classmates or the instructors. In this case study, I analyze videotaped discourse of a tutorial group's early discussions to investigate how students manage these risks in creating a safe space to sensemake. I find that the students rely on a discursive resource – epistemic distancing – to share their ideas while protecting themselves affectively if others disagree. Epistemic distancing includes hedging, joking, deferring, and other discourse moves used to soften one's stance in conversation. I use video analysis to illustrate the effects of these moves on one tutorial group's initial sensemaking discussions. I then discuss implications for instructors wishing to encourage sensemaking discussions in their physics classrooms.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference Juried Paper series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 3-6
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
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Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
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- Communication
= Language
= Speaking
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L. Conlin, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14678&DocID=4855).
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L. Conlin, The use of epistemic distancing to create a safe space to sensemake in introductory physics tutorials, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14678&DocID=4855>.
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Conlin, L. (2017, July 26-27). The use of epistemic distancing to create a safe space to sensemake in introductory physics tutorials. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved May 21, 2018, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14678&DocID=4855
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Conlin, Luke. "The use of epistemic distancing to create a safe space to sensemake in introductory physics tutorials." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14678&DocID=4855 (accessed 21 May 2018).
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Conlin, Luke. "The use of epistemic distancing to create a safe space to sensemake in introductory physics tutorials." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 3-6 of PER Conference Juried Paper. 21 May 2018 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14678&DocID=4855>.
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