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Abstract Title: Problematization and Wonderful Ideas in a Design-an-Experiment Laboratory Course
Abstract: Problematization: the process of framing an observation as interesting, problematic, or worthy of further study. This is a core element of doing science, and students do it too [1]. In a course that tasked students with collaborating to design, perform, and report on their own experiments, we collected video recordings and written work and asked what discursive processes students used to make progress on the task. Preliminary video analysis has revealed problematization as a process that sets the stage for crucial, "wonderful" design ideas. We present evidence of this connection in video and writing and consider its robustness across groups and tasks.

1. Phillips, A. M., Watkins, J., & Hammer, D. (2017). Problematizing as a scientific endeavor. Physical Review Physics Education Research, 13(2). https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020107
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C19
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gabriel S. Ehrlich
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
1110 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mats A. Selen, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign