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Abstract Title: Community and Career Contexts as Spaces to Build and Apply Students’ Wonderful Ideas
Abstract: Meaningful contexts can provide a space for building and using wonderful ideas that go beyond concepts to include innovative ways for doing physics (practices) and using physics to solve problems. Integrating meaningful contexts based on students' communities, interests, and future careers into physics courses can motivate and prepare students for solving complex problems inside and outside of the classroom. In this talk, I share ethnographic interview and observational data from two different studies. The first provides examples of wonderful ideas being generated in a community and interest-based science curriculum (e.g., accessing clean drinking water to improve community health). The second provides examples of meaningful contexts in physics-related workplaces (e.g., designing and making in physical and digital environments) and how such contexts can support novel approaches for doing and using physics. These findings highlight strategies for integrating meaningful contexts into physics classes that can support the generation and application of students' wonderful ideas.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: What Can Be Achieved By Building On Wonderful Ideas
Parallel Session: Parallel Sessions Cluster III

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Anne E. Leak
Rochester Institute of Technology
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kelly N. Martin, Rochester Institute of Technology
Benjamin M. Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology