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Title: The challenge of listening: The effect of researcher agenda on data collection and interpretation DOC
Url: https://people.rit.edu/svfsps/perc2002/ScherrWittmann.doc
Creator: Scherr, Rachel E.
Wittmann, Michael C.
Publisher: Rochester Institute of Technology. Center for Imaging Science
Description: This article, presented at the 2002 Physics Education Research Conference, discusses how a researcher's interests dictate which student statements in a clinical interview are considered to constitute data. The authors argue that to the extent that research agendas are unexamined, they may control attention inappropriately, limiting the effectiveness of both data collection and data interpretation. The authors describe an interview in which the interviewer paid nearly exclusive attention to the student's conceptual understanding of charge flow, thereby missing information about, for example, her epistemological frame. The authors also describe a later analysis of the same interview, in which our first reactions to the interview say more about our agendas as researchers than about the character of the interview itself.
LC Classification: Education -- Education (General) -- Periodicals. Societies -- American. United States and Canada -- Societies. Conferences. Conventions
Education -- Theory and practice of education
Science -- Physics -- Study and teaching. Research
GEM Subject: Science -- Physics
Philosophy -- Educational Philosophy
Key Concept: Physics
Resource Type: Reference Material
Format: Document -- DOC
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Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
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