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Lauren Bauman

Lauren Bauman

Quest University

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Lauren Bauman · PERC Summer Meeting 2020

Identifying student conceptual resources for understanding electric current

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.

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Lauren Bauman · SM 20

Student Frustration with Resources-Oriented Instruction: A Sociocultural Lens

Past research suggests that students’ epistemological framing affects their learning of physics content. In this talk, we will investigate this idea in the context of resource-oriented instructional materials. Resource-oriented instructional materials aim to elicit and build from student resources for understanding physics -- context-dependent “pieces of knowledge” which can be leveraged to develop sophisticated scientific understandings. We will explore a case in which students’ epistemological framing affects their experience of our resources-oriented instructional materials and discuss implications for instructional design.

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Lauren Bauman · SM 20

Identifying student conceptual resources for understanding electric current