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Monday, August 4 • 9:30am - 12:30pm
S25: How Do We Know What Students Know?

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A major factor determining what someone can learn is what they already know. As such, it is important for educators to glean what information they can about what prior knowledge students have when they come into their classrooms. Additionally, much of educational research focuses on assessing and/or improving student learning outcomes. But what do we really know about what's happening inside of the minds of our students? No one knows exactly what someone else is thinking. Instead, we often interpret and infer what students know based on what they say or do. This symposium will provide a platform for researchers and educators to discuss underlying theories, methodologies, assessments, and analyses aimed at understanding how we think we know what students know. 

Presider: Thomas Bussey, University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Introduction (9:30 am to 9:35 am)
P216: What we see may not be what is! (9:35 am to 9:55 am)
P217: What were they thinking when they drew that? (9:55 am to 10:15 am)
P218: Manipulatives as a tool for understanding what is in the black box (10:15 am to 10:35 am)
P219: "I'm an electron, and you're the nucleus:" Using representations to design particulate nature of matter activities for elementary students (10:35 am to 10:55 am)
Break (10:55 am to 11:10 am)
P220: Eye tracking conceptual problems in stoichiometry (11:10 am to 11:30 am)
P221: Can log files from student problem solving in open-ended environments reveal student's strategies and goals, thereby providing a scalable alternative to think-aloud studies? (11:30 am to 11:50 am)
P222: What do pre-service elementary school teachers know about the particulate nature of matter and phase changes? (11:50 am to 12:10 pm) [WITHDRAWN]
P223: Alignment of students' problem-solving strategies with expert practices and instruction in general chemistry classrooms (12:10 pm to 12:30 pm)


Thomas Bussey

University of California, San Diego


Stephanie Ryan

American Institutes for Research

Monday August 4, 2014 9:30am - 12:30pm EDT
LOH 164