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  Session: Physics Education Research
  Paper Type: Poster
  Title: Leveraging Students’ Intuitions: An Exploration of How Students’ Intuitive Ideas about Mechanical Waves Evolve
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:30PM
  Author: Lisa Goodhew,, University of Washington,
3035878579, goodhewl@uw.edu
  Co-Author(s): Amy D Robertson, Paula R. L. Heron, Rachel E Scherr
  Abstract: In a resources-oriented perspective of student learning, students’ intuitive knowledge is viewed as consistent with scientists’ ideas in some contexts, and as a foundation for scientific understanding. Resources-oriented instruction seeks to refine and build upon students’ intuitive knowledge. We present case studies from exploratory interviews with university students in introductory physics classes. We track the progression of students’ ideas over the course of these interviews, examining how their intuitions evolve as they answer questions about mechanical waves. By looking closely at the ideas that students use to solve problems about waves and how these ideas progress, we aim to shed light on how these resources might be leveraged or built on during instruction.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPTSM17-interview-poster-final.pdf

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