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Abstract Title: Upper level physics students conceptions of understanding
Abstract: In the framework of a larger study investigating the identity
development of upper level physics students, we interviewed students
about their conception of understanding -- what it means to understand
in a physics context. Students frequently respond that understanding
is "the ability to explain a concept to another person".  Further
probing into this common phrase revealed wildly divergent conceptions
about how explaining an idea to another person relates one's own
understanding, or even what "understanding" entails.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Paul Irving
Kansas State University
Physics Department
116 Cardwell Hall, KSU
Manhattan, KS 66502
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor Sayre