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The construction of causal schemes (Blogging from the AAPT)

July 29, 2009

This is the from PERC (Physics Education Research Conference). This talk was by Andrea diSessa (Berkeley), who developed the theory of phenomenological primitives (or p-prims). diSessa’s recent work is looking at how students’ intuitive ideas help them construct meaning.  For example,  Newton’s Law of cooling says that the rate of change of temperature of something […]

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Bloggers unite at AAPT!

February 14, 2009

On a totally random note, I had my first sciencegeekgirl hallway recognition moment, from a faithful reader, Danielle, who writes Urban Science Adventures — a really beautiful blog helping young people explore ecology and environmental science from their backyard.  We tend to think there’s no naturalism to be done in urban environments — not true!  […]

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Don’t just teach teachers how to teach — teach them how to teach PHYSICS

February 12, 2009

[Session:  Eugenia Etkina – Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK)] There are some major problems with the current approach to teacher education in this country.  There is a strong sense that all you need to teach is to know the content.  That’s why a graduate student can get their PhD and then go on to teach as […]

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Liveblogging from AAPT

February 12, 2009

Yup, it’s happening again, I’m blogging from the American Association of Physics Teachers conference.  I don’t have internet access from the sessions, so you’ll get my posts as a series of rapid-fire posts all at once. So stay tuned for a series of posts!  The American Association for the Advancement of Science conference is right […]

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