CU-Boulder PHYS 4810 - Accommodation Summary and Questions (3 pages)

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Phys 4810 - Special Topics in Physics

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Phys 7810 Accommodation Summary and Questions 9 19 06 Accommodation of a Scientific Conception Toward a Theory of Conceptual Change Posner Strike Hewson Gertzog 1982 Science Education 66 2 Summary Student misconceptions are highly robust When presented with new material students can assimilate fit new ideas into old frameworks often holding two conflicting ideas in their minds at the same time or accommodate replace or reorganize previous ideas Assimilation is much easier on the student and will be attempted until the cognitive conflict is so high that the student must replace his or her incorrect ideas Additionally in order to accept a new idea it must be intelligible and appear initially plausible Student s willingness to accept a new idea depends also on their general views about knowledge and about science Student s Newtonian persisted after instruction with Special Relativity The original ideas either shared brain space with new ideas with the student unaware of the contradictions or the old ideas were modified but not replaced Their research shows that conceptual change can be guided through anomalies congnitive conflict and by addressing student s fundamental assumptions about knowledge and science Questions 1 Accommodation takes time It is not a process that happens overnight Are physics students able to radically change their ideas in the time allotted in our courses 2 If our students do not accommodate but simply assimilate is it possible that what they have learned by assimilation will perhaps change into correct concepts later in life as they experience more physics in the real world 3 What kinds of questions can we ask students for example when tutoring that will help us understand what they are really thinking Phys 7810 Accommodation Summary and Questions 9 19 06 Situating Constructionism Seymour Papert and Idit Harel Constructionism Ablex Publishing Corporation 1991 Summary This article is written to allow the reader to construct his or her own rich



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