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Affordances of play for student agency and student-centered pedagogy
written by Noah S. Podolefsky, Daniel A. Rehn, and Katherine K. Perkins
While guided instruction can successfully focus students on concepts to be learned, this instructional approach can also reduce student agency and ownership of learning. Over the last two years, we have implemented PhET interactive computer simulations in middle school (MS) classrooms and found that "open play" can allow increased student agency and simultaneously lower barriers for student-centered pedagogy. In these MS classes, activities begin with 5-10 minutes of open play where students use the simulations without instruction. A moderately-guided, inquiry-based activity follows. In a study of classes with play versus no-play, we found that with play, the teacher focused on student ideas and science content, while without play the teacher employed more direct instruction.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 306-309
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
- Learning Environment
- Pedagogy
- Middle School
- Elementary School
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10.1063/1.4789713
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1020362
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Keywords:
Computer simulations, Epistemology, PERC 2012, PhET, elementary school, middle school, play
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N. Podolefsky, D. Rehn, and K. Perkins, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12839&DocID=3372).
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N. Podolefsky, D. Rehn, and K. Perkins, Affordances of play for student agency and student-centered pedagogy, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12839&DocID=3372>.
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Podolefsky, N., Rehn, D., & Perkins, K. (2012, August 1-2). Affordances of play for student agency and student-centered pedagogy. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved June 12, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12839&DocID=3372
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Podolefsky, N, D. Rehn, and K. Perkins. "Affordances of play for student agency and student-centered pedagogy." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12839&DocID=3372 (accessed 12 June 2021).
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Podolefsky, Noah S., Daniel Rehn, and Katherine Perkins. "Affordances of play for student agency and student-centered pedagogy." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 306-309 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 12 June 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12839&DocID=3372>.
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