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Abstract Title: A case of resources-oriented instruction in calculus-based introductory physics
Abstract: Many research-based instructional materials in physics have been informed by investigations of common student difficulties – thinking that is inconsistent with canonical understandings. Our research team is beginning to develop instructional materials that elicit and build on common conceptual resources – ideas that may be continuous with formal physics. These materials are unique in their open-endedness and emphasis on building from students' thinking, in contrast with other research-based materials that aim to address specific difficulties or scaffold toward well-specified conceptual understandings. We expect that resources-oriented materials like ours place different demands on instructors, and that the instructional practices that are effective in this context may differ from other research-based approaches. In this paper, we use classroom video from preliminary resource-oriented instructional materials on pulse propagation to analyze a case of resources-oriented instruction in introductory physics, to explore what knowledge, skills, and/or dispositions may support instructors in implementing this kind of instruction.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.J3
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lisa Goodhew
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 3035878579
and Co-Presenter(s)
Amy D. Robertson
Paula R.L. Heron