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Abstract Title: Identifying student conceptual resources for understanding electric current
Abstract: Most research focusing on student ideas about electric current frames these ideas as misconceptions, difficulties, and misunderstandings. This paper reports student resources for understanding electric current: ideas that we consider to be the "beginnings" of a scientific understanding. Here, we present three conceptual resources for understanding electric current based on our analysis of 550 written responses to conceptual circuits questions from introductory-level university physics students. Our aim is to offer knowledge that can support physics instructors in identifying and building on these resources during instruction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.I2
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lauren C. Bauman
Quest University
Squamish, Non U.S. Phone: 7789901660
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jonathan Corcoran
Seattle Pacific University

Lisa M. Goodhew
University of Washington

Amy D. Robertson
Seattle Pacific University