ERIC Number: ED444837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
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Common Sense Clarified: Intuitive Knowledge and Its Role in Physics Expertise.
This paper introduces issues related to the role of intuitive knowledge in physics learning. Phenomenological primitives, which form the base level for intuitive explanations in the research, are discussed. Three primary questions are the focus of this paper: (1) What role, if any, does intuitive knowledge play in physics problem solving? (2) How does intuitive physics knowledge change in order to play that role, if at all? and (3) When and how do these changes typically occur? What are the crucial experiences that can lead to the "tuning up" of intuitive knowledge? In particular, can experiences with quantitative problem solving lead to changes in common sense physics knowledge? In the study, students were observed while solving a series of physics problems, and the sense of the mechanism site of their intuitive knowledge while problem solving was recorded. (Contains 12 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Higher Education, Misconceptions, Physics, Problem Solving, Science Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).