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written by Carol Fabby and Kathleen M. Koenig
In recent years researchers have compared scientific reasoning abilities of students in introductory physics courses with gains in conceptual learning. This research suggests students with more formal reasoning patterns are more proficient learners. However, little has been done to investigate how scientific reasoning abilities relate to ability to solve problems based on the application of simple algorithms and those which depend on conceptual understanding. In this pilot study we compare student scientific reasoning abilities, as measured by Lawson's Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning, to student ability to correctly solve both problem types on a final examination. Results indicate that students with higher reasoning abilities perform equally well on both problem types while students of average and lower reasoning abilities struggle in solving problems that depend on conceptual understanding. This suggests that students with average and lower reasoning abilities may depend more readily on memorization of simple procedures to solve problems.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 141-144
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Problem Solving
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
General Physics
- Scientific Reasoning
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.023
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1RC1RR028402-01
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Keywords:
PERC 2013, Scientific reasoning, conceptual learning, problem solving, undergraduate
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C. Fabby and K. Koenig, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13144&DocID=3691).
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C. Fabby and K. Koenig, Relationship of Scientific Reasoning to Solving Different Physics Problem Types, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13144&DocID=3691>.
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Fabby, C., & Koenig, K. (2013, July 17-18). Relationship of Scientific Reasoning to Solving Different Physics Problem Types. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved October 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13144&DocID=3691
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Fabby, Carol, and Kathleen Koenig. "Relationship of Scientific Reasoning to Solving Different Physics Problem Types." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13144&DocID=3691 (accessed 2 October 2014).
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Fabby, Carol, and Kathleen Koenig. "Relationship of Scientific Reasoning to Solving Different Physics Problem Types." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 141-144 of PER Conference. 2 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13144&DocID=3691>.
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