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Abstract Title: Developing formal thinking from phenomena exploration
Abstract: In the framework of the Model of Educational Reconstruction we study the development of formal thinking starting from phenomena exploration. Research is focus on contributing to practice developing vertical coherent content related learning proposals by means of Design Based Research and on finding ways to offer opportunities for understanding and experience what physics is, what it deals with and how it works in operative way. The research is not only limited to those that function in practice, but integrate learning processes analysis. Empirical data analysis is carried out on three main research problems: 1) individual common sense perspective with which different phenomena are viewed and idea organization, in order to activate modeling perspective in phenomena interpretation, 2) the exploration of spontaneous reasoning and its evolution in relation to a series of problematic stimuli in specific situations, in order to formulate activity proposals, 3) recognizing the modalities for overcoming conceptual knots in the learning environment in order to reproduce these conditions. Three main aspects are studied: 1) object-models role in favoring the student's first interpretative steps, 2) ICT role in overcoming conceptual knots, 3) developing theoretical thought in an educational path concerning quantum mechanics.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Instructional Goals and Research Methods in the International PER community: A GIREP Symposium

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Marisa Michelini
University of Udine, Italy