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"Charges are everywhere": A case of student sensemaking about electric current
written by Tor Ole B. Odden and Rosemary S. Russ
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in how students make sense of physics concepts, but there is as of yet little consensus on what it actually means for students to "make sense" of physics. We propose a theoretical model for the sensemaking process synthesized from the science education research literature on sensemaking. We then illustrate the model with a case study of two introductory physics students articulating and resolving an inconsistency in their understanding of electric circuits in a clinical interview context. We show how the students' transitions in discourse and framing fit with the model, and argue that this sensemaking process is driven by a particularly vexing inconsistency in knowledge.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 280-283
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
= Cognitive Conflict
- Communication
= Language
- Learning Theory
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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T. Odden and R. Russ, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14625&DocID=4802).
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T. Odden and R. Russ, "Charges are everywhere": A case of student sensemaking about electric current, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14625&DocID=4802>.
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Odden, T., & Russ, R. (2017, July 26-27). "Charges are everywhere": A case of student sensemaking about electric current. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved May 12, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14625&DocID=4802
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Odden, Tor Ole B., and Rosemary Russ. ""Charges are everywhere": A case of student sensemaking about electric current." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14625&DocID=4802 (accessed 12 May 2021).
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Odden, Tor Ole B., and Rosemary Russ. ""Charges are everywhere": A case of student sensemaking about electric current." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 280-283 of PER Conference. 12 May 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14625&DocID=4802>.
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