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Presentation
Monkeys and Bananas: Middle School Students’ Productive Ideas About Energy
American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Winter Meeting (2015)
  • Benedikt W. Harrer, University of California, Berkeley
  • Virginia J. Flood, University of California, Berkeley
Abstract
We examine middle school students’ ideas about energy for progenitors of disciplinary knowledge and practice by using an extension of Hammer and colleagues’ resources framework. This elaboration on an established theory allows for the identification of disciplinarily productive resources—i.e., appropriately activated declarative and procedural pieces of knowledge—in individual students’ utterances as well as across the interactions of multiple learners engaged in collaborative learning situations. Further, we show how resources that appear in conversational sequences can be evaluated for how they become productive in a situation, based on its outcome. This provides an additional dimension of productiveness beyond disciplinary appropriateness.
Publication Date
Winter January, 2015
Location
San Diego, CA
Citation Information
Benedikt W. Harrer and Virginia J. Flood. "Monkeys and Bananas: Middle School Students’ Productive Ideas About Energy" American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Winter Meeting (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/benedikt_harrer/33/