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Problematizing in inquiry-based labs: how students respond to unexpected results
written by Meagan Sundstrom, Anna McLean Phillips, and N. G. Holmes
Problematizing is a physics practice involving the articulation of a gap in understanding into a clear question or problem. Inquiry-based labs may be conducive to problematizing behaviors, as students often collect data that do not agree with simplified models or their intuitive predictions. In this study, we analyzed video of students performing a lab in which they find the acceleration of an object in flight to be different from what the presented models predict. We aimed to identify the various activities that groups engaged in upon recognizing this inconsistency. Common problematizing activities included explicit discussions of physics concepts, proposing a new experiment or calculation, and checking experimental calculations. We found that each group's sequence and duration of activities was quite unique, highlighting a diversity of approaches taken to address this inconsistency.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 539-544
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Problem Solving
= Processes
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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M. Sundstrom, A. Phillips, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15539&DocID=5387).
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M. Sundstrom, A. Phillips, and N. Holmes, Problematizing in inquiry-based labs: how students respond to unexpected results, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15539&DocID=5387>.
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Sundstrom, M., Phillips, A., & Holmes, N. (2020, July 22-23). Problematizing in inquiry-based labs: how students respond to unexpected results. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved February 26, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15539&DocID=5387
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Sundstrom, M, A. Phillips, and N. Holmes. "Problematizing in inquiry-based labs: how students respond to unexpected results." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15539&DocID=5387 (accessed 26 February 2021).
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Sundstrom, Meagan, Anna Phillips, and Natasha G. Holmes. "Problematizing in inquiry-based labs: how students respond to unexpected results." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 539-544 of PER Conference. 26 Feb. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15539&DocID=5387>.
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