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Abstract Title: Features that support transformative experiences in physics education
Abstract: The overall goals of physics instruction are not gains on concept inventories or improved scores on surveys of epistemological beliefs.  While these measures provide evidence of science learning, they are proxies for the broader goal of developing scientifically literate citizens and scientists who draw on their physics knowledge outside of classroom settings. These moments–experiences in which students actively use science concepts to see and experience their everyday world in meaningful, new ways– has been termed "transformative experiences" (TE) (Pugh, 2004).  As part of a broader effort to measure TE and understand features that support TE in physics, we report on a comparison between two classrooms, one with high TE and one with low TE, and propose possible classroom features that generate high measures of TE in physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Leslie J. Atkins
California State University, Chico
400 W. 1st St
Dept of Science Education
Chico, CA 95929-0535
Phone: 5308986724
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brian W. Frank
Department of Physics
Middle Tennessee State University

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