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Abstract Title: Students’ pre-instructional perspectives of quantum physics
Abstract: Student exposure to modern physics topics is severely limited in k-12 education. Secondary physics curricula in the U.S. predominantly focus on physics content established prior to the 20th century and rarely address modern topics like quantum physics. Even so, students are frequently exposed to terms such as quantum physics through a variety of contexts prior to post-secondary education. The aim of this study is to analyze secondary student perspectives of the term quantum physics. To do so, a group of secondary physics students were asked to complete a word-association test to establish a baseline of commonalities among student perspectives. The results of the tests revealed significant commonalities among student perspectives with the most common association being complexity. The results of the tests also revealed that students often view quantum physics as a complex version of classical physics.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.M5
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Zac Patterson
Department of Teaching and Learning - The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lin Ding - Department of Teaching and Learning - The Ohio State University