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A methodology for identifying task features that facilitate sensemaking
written by Amogh Sirnoorkar and James T. Laverty
Assessments provide opportunities for students to make sense of curriculum by connecting their existing ideas to generate new knowledge. As educators, we would like to be able to engage students in this process of sensemaking to help their learning. Through a case study, we present an approach to identifying assessment task features that facilitate sensemaking. The context involves an introductory student's attempt to a physics problem. We analyze the student's transcript through the lens of sensemaking epistemic game and note the student's actions (`moves') while solving the problem. By analyzing these moves, we argue that the assessment features that played a role in the student's sensemaking can be identified. We find that the presence of a real-world context, engaging with multiple representations, and requiring a physical interpretation of a numerical answer to be instrumental in student's sensemaking. Identifying task features in this way can be instrumental in designing future assessment tasks that increase the chances students engage in sensemaking while working on them.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 396-401
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Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Methods
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Problem Solving
- Lower Undergraduate
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A. Sirnoorkar and J. Laverty, A methodology for identifying task features that facilitate sensemaking, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15787&DocID=5516>.
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Sirnoorkar, A., & Laverty, J. (2021, August 4-5). A methodology for identifying task features that facilitate sensemaking. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15787&DocID=5516
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Sirnoorkar, Amogh, and James Laverty. "A methodology for identifying task features that facilitate sensemaking." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15787&DocID=5516 (accessed 8 December 2022).
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Sirnoorkar, Amogh, and James Laverty. "A methodology for identifying task features that facilitate sensemaking." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 396-401 of PER Conference. 8 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15787&DocID=5516>.
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