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American Journal of Physics
written by Andrew Elby
Students' "epistemological" beliefs (their views about the nature of knowledge and learning) affect how they approach physics courses. For instance, a student who believes physics knowledge to consist primarily of disconnected facts and formulas will study differently from a student who views physics as an interconnected web of concepts. Unfortunately, previous studies show that physics courses, even ones that help students learn concepts particularly well, generally do not lead to significant changes in students' epistemological beliefs. This paper discusses instructional practices and curricular elements, suitable for both college and high school, that helped students develop substantially more sophisticated beliefs about knowledge and learning, as measured by the Maryland Physics Expectations Survey and by the Epistemological Beliefs Assessment for Physical Science.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 69, Issue S1, Pages S54-S64
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© 2001 American Journal of Physics
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10.1119/1.1377283
Keywords:
education, epistemological, physics, teaching
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Metadata instance created June 13, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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A. Elby, Am. J. Phys. 69 (S1), S54 (2001), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1377283).
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A. Elby, Helping physics students learn how to learn, Am. J. Phys. 69 (S1), S54 (2001), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1377283>.
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Elby, A. (2001, July 1). Helping physics students learn how to learn. Am. J. Phys., 69(S1), S54-S64. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1377283
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Elby, Andrew. "Helping physics students learn how to learn." Am. J. Phys. 69, no. S1, (July 1, 2001): S54-S64, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1377283 (accessed 26 October 2020).
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Elby, Andrew. "Helping physics students learn how to learn." Am. J. Phys. 69.S1 (2001): S54-S64. 26 Oct. 2020 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.1377283>.
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