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Abstract Title: Epistemological Framing and Exterior Knowledge in Physics Problem Solving
Abstract: Despite instructors' best efforts to encourage the use of common sense in physics problem solving, students often treat physics as unrelated to the rest of their lives.  However, students have access to a wealth of relevant physical knowledge that is not explicitly taught in physics class.  I label this "external knowledge".  Here, I present a semester-long study examining students' use of external knowledge in solving context-rich physics problems.  The data set consists of in-situ audio recordings of students working in groups during the weekly problem-solving session of their introductory algebra-based physics course.  My analysis highlights how the students' problem solving strategies and epistemological framing during problem-solving sessions correlate with their use of external knowledge.  The results suggest ways to maximize opportunities for students to use external knowledge in problem solving.
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Primary Contact: Mathew "Sandy" Martinuk
Departiment of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia
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Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
Phone: 778 836 6366