Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

7-22-2020

Keywords

Education, physics education, scientific reasoning

Abstract

We present a set of modes of reasoning about ratio and proportion as a means of operationalizing expert practice in physics. These modes, or natures of proportional reasoning, stem from consideration of how physicists reason in context and are informed by prior work in physics and mathematics education. We frame the natures as the core of an emerging framework for proportional reasoning in introductory physics, that will categorize the uses of proportional reasoning in introductory physics contexts, and provide guidance for the development of reliable assessments. We share results from preliminary assessment items indicating that university physics students have difficulty interpreting and applying ratios in context.

Publication Title

Physics Education Research Conference 2020

First Page

45

Last Page

50

DOI

doi.org/10.1119/perc.2020.pr.Boudreaux

Type

Text

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Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
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Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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