How do you hit a moving target? Addressing the dynamics of students' thinking

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Abstract

From the standpoint both of research and instruction, the variable and dynamic nature of students' thought processes poses a significant challenge to PER. It is difficult merely to assess and characterize the diverse phases of students' thinking as they gain and express understanding of a concept. (We might call this the "kinematics" of students' thought processes.) Much harder still is uncovering the various factors (instructional method, student characteristics, etc.) that influence and determine the trajectory of students' thinking. (We could call this the "dynamics" of students' thinking.) The task of deciphering the mutual interaction of these factors adds to the challenge. I will outline some of the initial work that has been done along these lines by various researchers, and I will identify some directions for future research that I think might be fruitful for workers in PER.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIP Conference Proceedings
Pages7-10
Number of pages4
Volume790
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 16 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE - Sacramento, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2004Aug 5 2004

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Other2004 PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE
CountryUnited States
CitySacramento, CA
Period8/4/048/5/04

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How do you hit a moving target? Addressing the dynamics of students' thinking. / Meltzer, David.

AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 790 2005. p. 7-10.

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Meltzer, D 2005, How do you hit a moving target? Addressing the dynamics of students' thinking. in AIP Conference Proceedings. vol. 790, pp. 7-10, 2004 PHYSICS EDUCATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE, Sacramento, CA, United States, 8/4/04. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2084688
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