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Abstract Title: Epistemic Games and Activity Theory: A Multi-Layered Task Analysis
Abstract: The epistemic games framework has been successfully employed in physics education research as a descriptive framework for episodes of physics problem solving. This framework has been employed at a variety of grain sizes, ranging from small, sub-discipline specific games to large, non-discipline-specific games. We elaborate this framework by incorporating elements of activity theory to further explore the role of epistemic game grain size. Rather than view grain size as a limitation or constraint of our analysis, we exploit it and use layers of epistemic games with different grain sizes to examine the reasoning that occurs while a group of middle division physics students plot a 2D vector field.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Michael Vignal
Oregon State University
Department of Physics
301 Weniger Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-6507
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. Elizabeth Gire, Oregon State University