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Title: Factors Influencing Middle School Students' Sense-Making Discussions DOC
Url: https://people.rit.edu/svfsps/perc2002/Sandifer_cont.doc
Creator: Sandifer, Cody
Publisher: Rochester Institute of Technology. Center for Imaging Science
Description: This paper, presented at the 2002 Physics Education Research conference, describes a study conducted to investigate small-group discussions in an inquiry-based middle school science classroom in order to determine the group and individual factors that provide support (or not) for students' sense-making discussions. Two groups were videotaped and a six-component framework was used to identify and categorize instances of sense-making: predicting; clarifying facts; describing and explaining a phenomenon or experimental result; defining, describing, clarifying, and connecting scientific concepts, procedures, processes, and representations; testing knowledge compatibility; and making requests for any of the above. Analysis revealed that there were differences in sense-making discussion across both groups and individual students. Differences across groups are explained in terms of group obligations and expectations, collaboration, and leadership. Differences across students are explained in terms of learning and social goals, science interest, work preferences, and ability.
LC Classification: Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Educational psychology -- Learning
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Secondary education. High school teaching -- Junior high schools. Middle schools. Intermediate schools
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Secondary education. High school teaching -- Junior high schools. Middle schools. Intermediate schools. Middle school teaching
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion -- Philosophy (General) -- Special topics, A-Z -- Sense
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion -- Psychology -- Consciousness. Cognition
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion -- Psychology -- Consciousness. Cognition -- Thought and thinking -- Problem solving
Science -- Physics -- Descriptive and experimental mechanics -- Dynamics. Motion
Science -- Physics -- Force and energy (General) -- Study and teaching. Research
GEM Subject: Science -- Physics
Philosophy -- Educational Philosophy
Key Concept: Physics
Physics -- Force
Physics -- Motion
Date Issued: 2002
Resource Type: Reading Materials
Format: doc
Audience: Administrators
Curriculum Supervisors
Higher Education
Middle School Teachers
Secondary Education
Student Teachers
Teacher Educators
Teaching Professionals
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
Subject: active learning
cooperative learning
Education Practices
inquiry based learning
PERC 2002
small-group discussions
Date Of Record Release: 2010-06-04 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2016-01-26 13:25:57 (W3C-DTF)
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