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written by Andrew J. Mason and Chandralekha Singh
We describe a study in which introductory physics students engage in reflection with peers about problem solving. The recitations for an introductory physics course with 200 students were broken into the "Peer Reflection" (PR) group and the traditional group. Each week in recitation, students in the PR group reflected in small teams on selected problems from the homework. The graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants (TAs) in the PR group recitations provided guidance and coaching to help students learn effective problem solving heuristics. In the recitations for the traditional group, students had the opportunity to ask the graduate TA questions about the homework before they took a weekly quiz. On the final exam with only multiple-choice questions, the PR group drew diagrams on more problems than the traditional group, even when there was no external reward for doing so. Since there was no partial credit for drawing the diagrams on the scratch books, students did not draw diagrams simply to get credit for the effort shown and must value the use of diagrams for solving problems if they drew them. We also find that, regardless of whether the students belonged to the traditional or PR groups, those who drew more diagrams for the multiple-choice questions outperformed those who did not draw them.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 41-44
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Pedagogy
= Heuristics
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Methods
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10.1063/1.3515243
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01.40.Ha
01.40.gb
Keywords:
PERC 2010, peer reflection, physics education research, problem solving
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A. Mason and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10379&DocID=1852).
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A. Mason and C. Singh, Using Reflection with Peers to Help Students Learn Effective Problem Solving Strategies, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10379&DocID=1852>.
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Mason, A., & Singh, C. (2010, July 21-22). Using Reflection with Peers to Help Students Learn Effective Problem Solving Strategies. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved October 31, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10379&DocID=1852
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Mason, Andrew, and Chandralekha Singh. "Using Reflection with Peers to Help Students Learn Effective Problem Solving Strategies." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10379&DocID=1852 (accessed 31 October 2014).
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Mason, Andrew, and Chandralekha Singh. "Using Reflection with Peers to Help Students Learn Effective Problem Solving Strategies." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 41-44 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10379&DocID=1852>.
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