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  Session: Preparing Physics Teachers to Teach in Diverse Environments
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Wonder Questions: Eliciting Student Wonder for Knowledge, Inspiration and Motivation
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:50PM
  Author: Christine Lindstrom, Oslo and Akershus University College
+47 45793016, christine.lindstrom@hioa.no
  Co-Author(s): Sigurd Løken
  Abstract: Knowledge is unveiled because people ask questions, and their questions unveil what they already know. Since fall 2012, a flipped classroom approach has been implemented in physics courses in Norwegian Science Teacher Education in Oslo. Students complete a short online pre-work module, which includes asking a "Wonder Question" -- anything the student may wonder about that pertains to the topic, such as "How do night vision goggles work"? The purpose is to encourage students to connect new knowledge with previous experience, inspire wonder and help structure class time according to student interests. Some preservice teachers used Wonder Questions in their own practicums. One teacher received the following Wonder Question from a ninth grader who had learned that energy is conserved: "Can you please tell us a bit about the transformations of energy from the Big Bang until today"? The opportunities for teaching and learning offered by Wonder Questions will be discussed.
  Footnotes: Sponsor: Auysh Gupta, ayush@umd.edu, Member ID: 75347.
  Presentation: Lindstrøm & Løekn AAPT 2014.pdf

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