Brianna Santangelo, junior physics major, attended a conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers in New Orleans, LA from January 9th through January 12th. Her faculty mentor is Dr. AJ Richards.
“Brianna Santangelo is working with me on a project to study the different types of questions that high school physics teachers ask their students. She was very interested in examining how teachers use questions to effectively guide students towards better understanding, so I helped her formulate a focused, answerable research question to investigate this. Brianna conducted a thorough search of previous studies from science education research literature, helped develop the experimental design, conducted videorecorded observations of high school physics lectures, transcribed the data, and took the lead in conducting the analysis and coding. This winter, she accompanied me to New Orleans for the 2016 American Association of Physics Teachers conference and presented a poster she had created to physics education researchers and practitioners. During this next semester, she will conduct more observations in different classroom environments, and attempt to find a connection between the types of questions high school physics instructors ask and how well their students build understanding of Newtonian physics.”