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Abstract Title: Three views of an Aha! moment: Comparing tutorial groups’ affective responses to a moment of sudden conceptual insight
Abstract: Moments of discovery and sudden insight are among the most important--and most elusive--aspects of the learning and doing of science.  Yet very little attention has been paid by physics education researchers to these Aha! moments, perhaps because of their elusive nature.  Using video analysis of an introductory physics tutorial on Newton's 3rd law, this preliminary study explores several open questions: How do we identify students' Aha! moments in the classroom?  What can instructors and curriculum designers do to set the stage for these moments?  How do students respond to these experiences?  Video analysis reveals that by using common affective displays and discourse markers, all three groups signal their experience of an Aha! moment in response to the same tutorial question.  The groups vary in the extent to which these experiences are shared, as well as in the intensity and valence of their emotional responses to their sudden insight.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Luke Conlin
Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
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