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Students Stumble With Inconclusive Results: An Exploratory Analysis on How Students Interpret Unexpected Results
written by Joss Ives, Aaron M. Kraft, James Day, and Doug A. Bonn
Success in inquiry labs often requires students to grapple with results that contradict their expectations. Previous work has shown that students who see the goal of the lab in terms of model confirmation rather than model testing struggle to engage in inquiry. Our study set out to extend this previous work by looking at the impact of asking students to hypothesize in a first year lab activity designed to produce unexpected results. Our exploratory analysis shows that hypothesizing does not play a major role in students interpreting their results correctly; instead, inconclusive results are the most significant factor in explaining correct student interpretations. We will show that these misinterpretations are not the result of model confirmation bias, but rather, misunderstanding the statistical nature of the results.
Physics Education Research Conference 2023
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 19-20, 2023
Pages 163-168
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J. Ives, A. Kraft, J. Day, and D. Bonn, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, 2023, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16577&DocID=5757).
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J. Ives, A. Kraft, J. Day, and D. Bonn, Students Stumble With Inconclusive Results: An Exploratory Analysis on How Students Interpret Unexpected Results, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, 2023, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16577&DocID=5757>.
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Ives, J., Kraft, A., Day, J., & Bonn, D. (2023, July 19-20). Students Stumble With Inconclusive Results: An Exploratory Analysis on How Students Interpret Unexpected Results. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved February 21, 2024, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16577&DocID=5757
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Ives, J, A. Kraft, J. Day, and D. Bonn. "Students Stumble With Inconclusive Results: An Exploratory Analysis on How Students Interpret Unexpected Results." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2023, Sacramento, CA, July 19-20, 2023. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16577&DocID=5757 (accessed 21 February 2024).
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Ives, Joss, Aaron M. Kraft, James Day, and Doug Bonn. "Students Stumble With Inconclusive Results: An Exploratory Analysis on How Students Interpret Unexpected Results." Physics Education Research Conference 2023. Sacramento, CA: 2023. 163-168 of PER Conference. 21 Feb. 2024 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16577&DocID=5757>.
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