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Towards an analytic framework for characterizing student use of models
written by Paul D. O. Bergeron, Amogh Sirnoorkar, and James T. Laverty
Engaging with models has been considered central to the practice of doing science as it facilitates sensemaking of the world around us. Therefore, engaging students in the practice of using models is an important component of their science education. But to do so effectively, we also need to understand how students use models in their work. Consequently, we require a way to analyzing students' use of models. In the current work, we present an analytical framework which characterizes students' use of models by considering common themes from the existing literature on modeling in physics. These themes present themselves as five components: (i) Presence of a real-world phenomenon, (ii) Use of representation(s) depicting the phenomenon, (iii) Invoking of conceptual knowledge organized around representation(s), (iv) Presence of explanation/prediction about the phenomenon and (v) Linking the explanation/prediction to a representation through appropriate reasoning. Analysis of students' written and verbal responses to physics problems through these components indicate that students seldom link the predictions made to the representations through reasoning, and, when they do, representations are often mathematical equations even though diagrams are present in their solution.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 45-50
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Learning Theory
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Processes
= Representational Use
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
- Reference Material
= Research study
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P. Bergeron, A. Sirnoorkar, and J. Laverty, Towards an analytic framework for characterizing student use of models, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15723&DocID=5457>.
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Bergeron, P., Sirnoorkar, A., & Laverty, J. (2021, August 4-5). Towards an analytic framework for characterizing student use of models. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15723&DocID=5457
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Bergeron, P, A. Sirnoorkar, and J. Laverty. "Towards an analytic framework for characterizing student use of models." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15723&DocID=5457 (accessed 8 December 2022).
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Bergeron, Paul D. O., Amogh Sirnoorkar, and James Laverty. "Towards an analytic framework for characterizing student use of models." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 45-50 of PER Conference. 8 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15723&DocID=5457>.
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