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Developing Beliefs and Attitudes about Doing Physics in Introductory Classes
  Location: HC 3023 & 3023A
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:10 AM -8:20 AM
  Author: Sissi Li, Oregon State University
  Co-Author(s): Dedra N. Demaree
  Abstract: Learning to do physics is more than knowing the concepts and solving homework problems. Scientists know that doing science requires the conceptual understanding, problem solving, and critical thinking skills as tools; moreover, doing science is more than just using those tools, it also involves having appropriate attitudes and beliefs about doing science. These attitudes and beliefs include curiosity, skepticism, tenacity, creativity, and more. To examine how these attitudes are developed, we selected three teachers who teach calculus-based introductory college physics at a large research university and two community colleges. We observed their lecture classes, and conducted post-class interviews and student interviews. Through these three case studies, we will present how teachers build a learning community to support learners in developing beliefs and attitude for doing physics.
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