Characterizing Consensus about the Definition of a Physics ModelPhysics Education Research Topical Group, American Association of Physics Teachers (2012)
How does one define physics model? How does one judge how "good" a model is? In this study, I developed and used a coding scheme to examine a conversation in which a group of undergraduate freshmen attempt to answer these questions. As part of a model-building course taught by the Compass Project at the University of California, Berkeley, students were asked to come to consensus on a definition for physics model. Students brought up and argued about sixteen distinct claims to include in their definition. I will present data and a coding scheme to characterize student and instructor moves that result in the acceptance or rejection of claims during the consensus-based discussion.
Publication DateAugust, 2012
Citation InformationGina M. Quan. "Characterizing Consensus about the Definition of a Physics Model" Physics Education Research Topical Group, American Association of Physics Teachers (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gina-quan/51/