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Exploring how physics students use a sandbox software to move between the physical and the formal
written by Elias Euler and Bor Gregorcic
In this paper, we present a theoretical framework based on Hestenes's discussion of modeling in physics and diSessa's early theories on creativity-based digital learning environments. We use this framework to formulate new understandings of how a pair of students work with an open-ended physics sandbox software, Algodoo, alongside a physical laboratory setup. Algodoo is a digital environment that makes it possible for students to create simple, two-dimensional models of physical phenomena. We identify Algodoo's role as that of a semi-formalism, whereby the students made use of the software in their process of modeling as a means of moving between the physical, experimental context and the formal, mathematical representations associated with that context. We propose a hypothesis to be tested in future research and suggest further avenues for exploration in relation to the proposed theoretical framework.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 128-131
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Learning Theory
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- Problem Solving
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E. Euler and B. Gregorcic, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14586&DocID=4763).
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E. Euler and B. Gregorcic, Exploring how physics students use a sandbox software to move between the physical and the formal, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14586&DocID=4763>.
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Euler, E., & Gregorcic, B. (2017, July 26-27). Exploring how physics students use a sandbox software to move between the physical and the formal. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14586&DocID=4763
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Euler, Elias, and Bor Gregorcic. "Exploring how physics students use a sandbox software to move between the physical and the formal." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14586&DocID=4763 (accessed 18 October 2021).
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Euler, Elias, and Bor Gregorcic. "Exploring how physics students use a sandbox software to move between the physical and the formal." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 128-131 of PER Conference. 18 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14586&DocID=4763>.
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