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E-Games and Graph Problems: Helping Students Play the Game
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 6:00 PM -6:45 PM
  Author: Elizabeth Gire, University of Memphis
  Co-Author(s): Dong-Hai Nguyen , N. Sanjay Rebello
  Abstract: An epistemic game is a structured activity used to guide inquiry or solve a problem. For example, list making is an epistemic game one might use to identify and organize items needed for making a meal. Physicists often (implicitly) use a graphical analysis epistemic game to analyze data or to solve problems involving graphs. In analyzing a set of interviews with introductory physics students, we use the framework epistemic games to characterize students' abilities to solve graph problems and how a tutor helps these students become more competent players of this e-game.
  Footnotes: None
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