Tuesday July 31, AM Sessions

S50a: Theoretical Frameworks: What Are They, Why Should I Use Them, and Which One(s) Should I Use?

Organizers: Thomas Bussey (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA), MaryKay Orgill (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA), Stephanie Ryan (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA)

Presider: Thomas Bussey (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA)

The type of quantitative data a chemist collects in an experiment is influenced by his or her choice of instrumentation. In qualitative research, a theoretical framework plays a role analogous to that of the instrument. It is the lens through which a study is viewed: it guides the types of questions that can be asked, the way data is collected, and what can be learned from the study. The purpose of this symposium is to explore how active researchers in the fields of chemical and science education actually choose theoretical frameworks to examine a topic of interest and use those frameworks to construct and conduct qualitative research. During this symposium, a variety of theoretical frameworks will be discussed in the context of chemical or science education research. The focus of this symposium is on the aims, assumptions, limitations, and potential applications of each framework, not on specific research results.

     Introduction 9:30am-9:35am

P459: Theoretical frameworks: What are they, and why should I care?

MaryKay Orgill 9:35am-9:55am — Thomas 201

P460: Constructivist frameworks and the problem of the “thumb in the eye”

Donald Wink 9:55am-10:15am — Thomas 201

P461: Vygotskian “theoretical practice” in science education

Matthew Poehner 10:15am-10:35am — Thomas 201

P462: Hermeneutics: Reading texts/reading education/reading the world

Diane Wood 10:35am-10:55am — Thomas 201

Break 10:55am-11:10am

P463: Hermeneutics and narrative: Complementary theoretical frameworks

Joe Shane 11:10am-11:30am — Thomas 201

P464: Symbolic interactionism as a generic perspective

Jeffery Ulmer 11:30am-11:50am — Thomas 201

P465: Situated learning theory: A framework for research in chemistry education

Lauren Denofrio-Corrales 11:50am-12:10pm — Thomas 201

P466: Cognitive and situative frameworks for science education development and research

James Greeno 12:10pm-12:30pm — Thomas 201

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