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Dynamics of students’ ontological reasoning across contexts in modern physics
written by Jessica R. Hoehn, Julian D. Gifford, and Noah D. Finkelstein
The ways in which students organize knowledge about entities, such as photons and electrons, (or their ontologies) influence their learning of quantum phenomena. In prior work, we have described different types of dynamic ontologies seen in collective student reasoning; here we extend this analysis to individual written responses to Modern Physics homework, exam, and survey questions about canonical quantum mechanics topics. We present a refined framework that describes unitary, parallel, and blended ontological structures, and then examine students' patterns of use of ontological structures across entities (e.g., photon or electron) and topic areas (double slit, Mach-Zehnder interferometer, and tunneling). Analysis of seven students' responses demonstrate their flexible use of ontologies in individual written work. Through this analysis, we raise questions for future studies about how the wording and framing of the prompts impacts students' ontological reasoning.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Education - Basic Research
- Problem Solving
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Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Quantum Experiments
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Hoehn, J. Gifford, and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14798&DocID=4945).
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J. Hoehn, J. Gifford, and N. Finkelstein, Dynamics of students’ ontological reasoning across contexts in modern physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14798&DocID=4945>.
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Hoehn, J., Gifford, J., & Finkelstein, N. (2018, August 1-2). Dynamics of students’ ontological reasoning across contexts in modern physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14798&DocID=4945
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Hoehn, J, J. Gifford, and N. Finkelstein. "Dynamics of students’ ontological reasoning across contexts in modern physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14798&DocID=4945 (accessed 20 October 2021).
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Hoehn, Jessica R., Julian D. Gifford, and Noah Finkelstein. "Dynamics of students’ ontological reasoning across contexts in modern physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 20 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14798&DocID=4945>.
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