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Abstract Title: Examining Resources Expert Physicists Use To Understand Challenging Physics Problems
Abstract: A central goal of physics education is to help students learn to think like a physicist when solving problems. But what exactly does it mean to think like a physicist? What does a physicist do that allows them to successfully solve and understand complex, novel physics problems? We will present how we have searched for an answer to this question by using the resources framework to analyze videotaped records of physics experts solving novel problems. By focusing on moments when physics experts reasoned towards a deeper understanding of the problem and dissecting their discourse during these moments, we identify resources that physics experts activate as they make progress through the problem solving process. We search for patterns to identify resources with epistemological underpinnings which help experts make progress towards understanding a novel phenomenon. We present how frequently various resources are used and the implications these findings have on physics instruction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Darrick Jones
Rutgers University
Department of Physics and Astronomy
136 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8019
Phone: 9735252558
and Co-Presenter(s)
AJ Richards - Rutgers University
Gorazd Planinsic - University of Ljubljana
Eugenia Etkina - Rutgers University