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Surprise! Shifting students away from model-verifying frames in physics labs
written by Emily M. Smith, Martin M. Stein, and Natasha G. Holmes
Students' expectations about a class (their 'frames') affect how they interpret, approach, and accomplish tasks. However, little is known about students' framing of lab activities. During the first lab of a sequence designed to teach students about modeling and critical thinking with data, students test a simple model of a pendulum that breaks down with improved measurements. Using in-lab video and follow-up interviews, we identified students' frequent use of a model-verifying frame that substantially interferes with the instructional goals. We present an analysis of two students who approach the lab with a model-verifying frame and later shift their frames to accommodate goals aligned with instructional intention. As instructors transition labs to open-inquiry experiences, an activity that directly challenges the model-verifying frame may be productive for shifting students to frames that support their engagement in authentic experimentation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
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- Curriculum Development
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Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Behavior
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General Physics
- Scientific Reasoning
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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E. Smith, M. Stein, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14854&DocID=5001).
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E. Smith, M. Stein, and N. Holmes, Surprise! Shifting students away from model-verifying frames in physics labs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14854&DocID=5001>.
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Smith, E., Stein, M., & Holmes, N. (2018, August 1-2). Surprise! Shifting students away from model-verifying frames in physics labs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved February 23, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14854&DocID=5001
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Smith, E, M. Stein, and N. Holmes. "Surprise! Shifting students away from model-verifying frames in physics labs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14854&DocID=5001 (accessed 23 February 2019).
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Smith, Emily M., Martin M. Stein, and Natasha Holmes. "Surprise! Shifting students away from model-verifying frames in physics labs." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 23 Feb. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14854&DocID=5001>.
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