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Students’ productive strategies when generating graphical representations: An undergraduate laboratory case study
written by Jason M. May, Lauren A. Barth-Cohen, and Adrian A. Adams
Generating graphical representations is an essential skill for productive student engagement in physics laboratory settings, and is a key component in developing representational competency (RC). As physics lab courses have been reformed to prioritize student engagement in authentic scientific skills and practices, students experience additional freedom to decide what data to include in graphs and what types of graph(s) would allow for appropriate sensemaking towards answering experimental questions. With this, however, there is a dearth of PER literature highlighting the strategies students use while working to generate graphs using their own experimental data. This paper presents a case study analysis of a student group's lab investigation to call attention to how students enact various productive strategies when working towards generating graphical representations in an introductory physics laboratory course. Results of this case study analysis identify three productive strategies students enact when working to generate graphs in lab settings, each of which is related to aspects of representational competency (RC): 1) identifying (potential) covarying quantities; 2) choosing representative data subsets suitable for representation; and 3) iteratively reducing data and generating graphs to assess graph's viability in answering research questions. Our analysis also shows how students frequently refer back to their experimental goals and hypotheses when deciding what strategies to enact to generate graphs.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 270-276
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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J. May, L. Barth-Cohen, and A. Adams, Students’ productive strategies when generating graphical representations: An undergraduate laboratory case study, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15763&DocID=5495>.
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May, J., Barth-Cohen, L., & Adams, A. (2021, August 4-5). Students’ productive strategies when generating graphical representations: An undergraduate laboratory case study. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15763&DocID=5495
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May, J, L. Barth-Cohen, and A. Adams. "Students’ productive strategies when generating graphical representations: An undergraduate laboratory case study." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15763&DocID=5495 (accessed 8 December 2022).
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May, Jason M., Lauren A. Barth-Cohen, and Adrian A. Adams. "Students’ productive strategies when generating graphical representations: An undergraduate laboratory case study." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 270-276 of PER Conference. 8 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15763&DocID=5495>.
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