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A case of successful learning about magnetism through the use of evidence
written by Tamara G. Young, Lauren A. Barth-Cohen, Sarah K. Braden, and Sara Gailey
This paper explores the remarkable success of one 7th grade student as she discovers foundational concepts while engaging in an NGSS-aligned unit on modeling magnetism. Student success in modeling is of particular interest in the PER community. Through understanding how students are able to create mechanistic models, we can reveal core practices which in turn can be used to inform instructional design. Here we examine one student who was able to synthesize the key concepts of magnetism: that a magnet is comprised of microscopic magnetic dipoles and that the orientation of these dipoles determines the orientation of the macroscopic polarity. We present significant excerpts of the progression of the modeling process in order to illustrate the key factors that affect her learning: her iterative use of evidence to guide her reasoning, her use of prior knowledge, and the interactions with her teacher and peers.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 593-598
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Modeling
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Problem Solving
= Processes
= Representational Use
- Sample Population
= Age
Electricity & Magnetism
- Magnetic Materials
= Magnets
- Middle School
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2020.pr.Young
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Metadata instance created August 27, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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T. Young, L. Barth-Cohen, S. Braden, and S. Gailey, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15547&DocID=5395).
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T. Young, L. Barth-Cohen, S. Braden, and S. Gailey, A case of successful learning about magnetism through the use of evidence, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15547&DocID=5395>.
APA Format
Young, T., Barth-Cohen, L., Braden, S., & Gailey, S. (2020, July 22-23). A case of successful learning about magnetism through the use of evidence. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15547&DocID=5395
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Young, T, L. Barth-Cohen, S. Braden, and S. Gailey. "A case of successful learning about magnetism through the use of evidence." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15547&DocID=5395 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Young, Tamara G., Lauren A. Barth-Cohen, Sarah K. Braden, and Sara Gailey. "A case of successful learning about magnetism through the use of evidence." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 593-598 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15547&DocID=5395>.
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