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How do you eat an elephant? How problem solving informs computational instruction in high school physics
written by Julia Willison, Julie Christensen, Sunghwan Byun, David Stroupe, and Marcos D. Caballero
Science educators agree that computation is a growing necessity for curricula at many levels. One program looking to bring computation into high school classes is ICSAM (Integrating Computation in Science Across Michigan), an NSF-funded program at Michigan State University. ICSAM is a year-round program that brings a community of teachers together to help them equitably add computation into their physics curricula. While in the ICSAM program, data is collected from participating teachers through interviews, surveys, classroom videos, and more. In this paper, we examine a case study of a very active participant who fits the mold of a typical high school physics teacher. We utilize the lenses of critical pedagogical discourses and contextual discourses to explore the decision-making behind the adoption of various resources by this teacher during their time with ICSAM. The ways in which this teacher integrated computation in their classroom, along with the nuanced challenges that they faced, may be able to help inform other teachers, professional development providers, and curriculum development of the nature of implementing computation into high school curricula. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (DRL-1741575) and Michigan State University's Lappan-Philips Foundation.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 494-499
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J. Willison, J. Christensen, S. Byun, D. Stroupe, and M. Caballero, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16282&DocID=5651).
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J. Willison, J. Christensen, S. Byun, D. Stroupe, and M. Caballero, How do you eat an elephant? How problem solving informs computational instruction in high school physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16282&DocID=5651>.
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Willison, J., Christensen, J., Byun, S., Stroupe, D., & Caballero, M. (2022, July 13-14). How do you eat an elephant? How problem solving informs computational instruction in high school physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved January 26, 2023, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16282&DocID=5651
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Willison, J, J. Christensen, S. Byun, D. Stroupe, and M. Caballero. "How do you eat an elephant? How problem solving informs computational instruction in high school physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16282&DocID=5651 (accessed 26 January 2023).
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Willison, Julia, Julie Christensen, Sunghwan Byun, David Stroupe, and Marcos D. Caballero. "How do you eat an elephant? How problem solving informs computational instruction in high school physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 494-499 of PER Conference. 26 Jan. 2023 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16282&DocID=5651>.
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