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Abstract Title: Identifying student resources for understanding kinematics
Abstract: Physics education research (PER) studies of students' understanding of kinematics have largely been focused on difficulties and misconceptions – ideas that act as barriers to student understanding of formal physics. Our research takes an alternative perspective on students' ideas. We offer insight into student resources for understanding kinematics – ideas students have that we consider to be the "beginnings" of a more sophisticated scientific understanding of motion. Our analysis of 582 written student responses to several kinematics questions highlights four common resources students use when justifying their solutions to different problems. In this paper, we elaborate on these four resources and give examples from our preliminary research.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.I5
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Cheyenne Broadfoot
University of Washington Bothell
and Co-Presenter(s)
Brynna Hansen, Seattle Pacific University, Amy D. Robertson, Seattle Pacific University, Lisa Goodhew, University of Washington.