ERIC Number: ED282749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Dec-29
Reference Count: 0
Instruction for Understanding: A Cognitive Process Framework. Final Report.
Minstrell, Jim; Stimpson, Virginia C.
By studying many observations from recent research dealing with beginning physics students' conceptions about forces and motion, this investigation produced a framework within which this research can be organized. The framework summarizes the mechanisms of force invoked by students in particular situations, and it describes the features of physical situations that students believe will modify the relative sizes and forces. Finally, the framework suggests some of the ways students mediate between various forces when predicting or explaining what will happen in a given situation. Using the framework of students' ideas, the authors have attempted to interpret some of the findings of earlier conceptions research. The framework is also being used to guide development of diagnostic exercises for both paper and pencil and interview questioning. Examples of some of this work is included in this document. In addition, the framework is being used to guide instruction intended to help students differentiate and integrate their initial concepts into a more coherent mechanical theory that can be broadly applied. (TW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mercer Island School District, WA.
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