P315: Grounded theory as an analysis technique to capture student conceptions in chemistry

Author: Stephanie Ryan, American Institutes for Research, USA

Co-Author: Seth Anthony, Oregon Institute for Technology, USA

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 2:45 PM3:05 PM

Room: LOH 164

Related Symposium: S25

Qualitative research is a great way to capture student ideas. However, applying predetermined codes to the data changes the focus of the data from “what the student thought” to “what the student thought in our view.” In this process, the student’s words can be lost and a true understanding of their knowledge with it. To truly capture the student’s conceptions about a topic, we can employ grounded theory coding methods. Using data from semi-structured interviews, this presentation will discuss coding of qualitative data using grounded theory and the information that can be gleaned this way.

P218: Manipulatives as a tool for understanding what is in the black box

Author: Stephanie Ryan, American Institutes for Research, USA

Co-Author:

Date: 8/4/14

Time: 10:15 AM10:35 AM

Room: LOH 164

Related Symposium: S25

As experts in our domain, it is easy to assume that novices have at least a cursory understanding of what we consider to be common terminology. However, numerous studies have demonstrated that this is not the case. As researchers and educators, we can use manipulatives and other external representations such as particulate level drawings as tools to help us “see” what students are thinking. This presentation will highlight the use of manipulatives to express mathematical relationships and particulate drawings to express conceptions in chemistry. Data will be presented to demonstrate the affordances of using such external representations in our quest to understand what’s going on inside the black box that is the student mind.