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Selection, Generalization, and Theories of Cause in Physics Education Research: Connecting Paradigms and Practices
written by Amy D. Robertson, Sarah B. McKagan, and Rachel E. Scherr
In this paper, we use connections between (a) interviews with physics education researchers and (b) methodological literature in education research more broadly to answer questions about research practices in physics education research (PER). In particular, we define two paradigms in PER – case-oriented PER and recurrence-oriented PER – in terms of assumptions about the social world and about what counts as rigorous or trustworthy when it comes to research accounts. Case-oriented PER is predicated on the assumptions that (1) social actions are guided by the meanings that people are making of their local environments and that (2) reality is subjectively constructed. Recurrence-oriented research, on the other hand, is predicated on the assumptions that (1) human behavior is guided by predictable relationships between variables and that (2) real phenomena are reproducible. We will draw connections between (i) these two different sets of assumptions and (ii) differences in selection practices, generalization practices, and causal-claims-making in our field.
Book Title: Getting Started in PER
Series Name:  Reviews in PER
Volume 2
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
- Research Design & Methodology
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
= Reflections and Visions
- Professional Development
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Article
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- Professional/Practitioners
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© 2018 Amy D. Robertson, Sarah B. McKagan, and Rachel E. Scherr
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1222732
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AIP Format
A. Robertson, S. McKagan, and R. Scherr, in Getting Started in PER (2018), Vol. 2, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14727&DocID=4888).
AJP/PRST-PER
A. Robertson, S. McKagan, and R. Scherr, Selection, Generalization, and Theories of Cause in Physics Education Research: Connecting Paradigms and Practices, in Getting Started in PER (2018), Vol. 2, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14727&DocID=4888>.
APA Format
Robertson, A., McKagan, S., & Scherr, R. (2018). Selection, Generalization, and Theories of Cause in Physics Education Research: Connecting Paradigms and Practices. In Getting Started in PER (4, 2). Retrieved December 13, 2018, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14727&DocID=4888
Chicago Format
Robertson, A, S. McKagan, and R. Scherr. "Selection, Generalization, and Theories of Cause in Physics Education Research: Connecting Paradigms and Practices." In Getting Started in PER. 4 ed. 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14727&DocID=4888 (accessed 13 December 2018).
MLA Format
Robertson, Amy, Sarah B. McKagan, and Rachel Scherr. "Selection, Generalization, and Theories of Cause in Physics Education Research: Connecting Paradigms and Practices." Getting Started in PER. 4 ed. Vol. 2. 2018. 21 July 2018. 13 Dec. 2018 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14727&DocID=4888>.
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