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Transfer of learning from traditional optics to wavefront aberrometry


2009 2009

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Abstract (summary)

This research presents an investigation of how students dynamically construct knowledge in a new situation. In particular, this work focuses on the contexts of light and optics, and examines the dynamic construction of an understanding of wavefront aberrometry.

The study began with clinical interviews designed to elicit students’ prior knowledge about light, basic optics, and vision; the data were analyzed phenomenographically to obtain student models of understanding and examine the possible model variations. The results indicate that students have a significant number of resources in this subject area, though some are incomplete or less useful than others.

In subsequent phases, many learning and teaching interviews were conducted to design and test scaffolding procedures that could be of use to students as they constructed their understanding of the given phenomenon. Throughout this work, student responses were analyzed in terms of the resources that were being used through the knowledge construction process.

Finally, a modified analysis method is presented and utilized for quantifying what types of concepts students use while constructing their understanding, and how they are able to link varying types of concepts together.

Significant implications extend beyond the single context of wavefront aberrometry. Each distinct analysis technique provides further insight to the ways in which students learn across contexts and the ways in which we can scaffold their learning to improve curriculum and instruction.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Physics;
Science education
Classification
0605: Physics
0714: Science education
Identifier / keyword
Education; Pure sciences; Knowledge construction; Learning
Title
Transfer of learning from traditional optics to wavefront aberrometry
Author
McBride, Dyan L.
Number of pages
152
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0100
Source
DAI-B 70/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109178791
Advisor
Zollman, Dean A.
Committee member
Rebello, N. Sanjay
University/institution
Kansas State University
Department
Department of Physics
University location
United States -- Kansas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3358798
ProQuest document ID
304911402
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304911402
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