Elizabeth Gire

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With computers becoming more ubiquitous in our daily lives and in our classrooms, questions of how students interact and learn with physical experiments and computer simulations are central in science education. We investigated how students’ ideas about pulleys were influenced by the use of physical and virtual manipulatives. We found that there were(More)
Research in many disciplines has used eye-tracking technology to investigate the differences in the visual attention of experts and novices. For example, it has been shown that experts in art and chess spend more time than novices looking at relevant information. Thus, it may be helpful to give novices more direct insight into the way experts allocate their(More)
In the Paradigms in Physics Curriculum at Oregon State University, we take a spins-first approach to quantum mechanics using a java simulation of successive Stern-Gerlach experiments to explore the postulates. The experimental schematic is a diagrammatic representation that we use throughout our discussion of quantum measurements. With a spinsfirst(More)
Jacquelyn J. Chini, Adrian Madsen, Elizabeth Gire, N. Sanjay Rebello, and Sadhana Puntambekar Department of Physics, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Boulevard, Orlando, Florida, 32816-2385, USA Department of Physics, 116 Cardwell Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506-2601, USA Department of Physics, 216 Manning Hall,(More)
Quantum probability theory offers a viable alternative to classical probability, although there are some ambiguities inherent in transferring the quantum formalism to a less determined realm. A number of physicists are now looking at the applicability of quantum ideas to the assessment of physics learning, an area particularly suited to quantum probability(More)
This study aims to understand how the sequence of physical and virtual activities affects student conceptual understanding of pulleys. We compared pre-, midand post-test scores of two treatment groups, which differed by the temporal order in which the physical and virtual activities were completed. We examined overall scores as well as scores on individual(More)
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