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written by Andrew J. Mason and Chandralekha Singh
With inspiration from the classic study by Chi, Feltovich, and Glaser, we asked introductory physics students in three introductory physics classes to categorize mechanics problems based upon similarity of solutions. To evaluate the effect of problem context on students' ability to categorize, two sets of problems were developed for categorization. Some problems in one of the problem sets that students were asked to categorize included those available from the prior study by Chi et al. Our findings, which contrast from those of Chi et al., suggest that there is a much wider distribution of expertise among introductory students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 35-38
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.inv.007
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Keywords:
PERC 2013, categorization, introductory physics, problem solving
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A. Mason and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13090&DocID=3625).
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A. Mason and C. Singh, Categorization of Mechanics Problems by Students in Large Introductory Physics Courses: A Comparison with the Chi, Feltovich, and Glaser Study, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13090&DocID=3625>.
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Mason, A., & Singh, C. (2013, July 17-18). Categorization of Mechanics Problems by Students in Large Introductory Physics Courses: A Comparison with the Chi, Feltovich, and Glaser Study. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13090&DocID=3625
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Mason, Andrew, and Chandralekha Singh. "Categorization of Mechanics Problems by Students in Large Introductory Physics Courses: A Comparison with the Chi, Feltovich, and Glaser Study." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13090&DocID=3625 (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Mason, Andrew, and Chandralekha Singh. "Categorization of Mechanics Problems by Students in Large Introductory Physics Courses: A Comparison with the Chi, Feltovich, and Glaser Study." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 35-38 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13090&DocID=3625>.
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