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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Hannah C. Sabo, Lisa M. Goodhew, and Amy D. Robertson
This report discusses some of the common, prevalent conceptual resources that students used to reason about energy, based on an analysis of written responses to questions given to 807 introductory physics students. These resources include, for example, associating forms of energy with indicators, relating forces and energy, and representing energy quantitatively. This research responds to a need for large-scale, resources-oriented research on students' conceptual understanding and has the potential to support the development of an underexplored dimension of pedagogical content knowledge–knowledge of student resources for understanding energy. Our aim is to promote instructor take-up of the resources theory of knowledge, and we suggest a number of ways in which instructors might capitalize on the resources we report.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 010126
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Classical Mechanics
- Work and Energy
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- Learning Theory
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010126
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DUE-122732
Keywords:
Resource Theory, mental models, schema, sense making
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Metadata instance created September 28, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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May 19, 2023 by Caroline Hall
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H. Sabo, L. Goodhew, and A. Robertson, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12 (1), 010126 (2016), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010126).
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H. Sabo, L. Goodhew, and A. Robertson, University student conceptual resources for understanding energy, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12 (1), 010126 (2016), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010126>.
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Sabo, H., Goodhew, L., & Robertson, A. (2016, April 4). University student conceptual resources for understanding energy. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 12(1), 010126. Retrieved June 23, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010126
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Sabo, H, L. Goodhew, and A. Robertson. "University student conceptual resources for understanding energy." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12, no. 1, (April 4, 2016): 010126, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010126 (accessed 23 June 2024).
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Sabo, Hannah C., Lisa M. Goodhew, and Amy Robertson. "University student conceptual resources for understanding energy." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12.1 (2016): 010126. 23 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.010126>.
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