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written by David Rosengrant, Alan Van Heuvelen, and Eugenia Etkina
Being able to represent physics problems and concepts in multiple ways for qualitative reasoning and problem solving is a scientific ability we want our students to develop. These representations can include but are not limited to words, diagrams, equations, graphs, and sketches. Physics education literature indicates that using multiple representations is beneficial for student understanding of physics ideas and for problem solving. To find out why and how students use different representations for problem solving, we conducted a case study of six students during the second semester of a two-semester introductory physics course. These students varied both in their use of representations and in their physics background. This case study helps us understand how students' use or lack of use of representations relates to their ability to solve problems.
Physics Education Research Conference 2005
Part of the PER Conference series
Salt Lake City, Utah: August 10-11, 2005
Volume 818, Pages 49-52
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Communication
= Representations
- Learning Theory
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2005 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2177020
NSF Numbers:
0241078
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01.40.Fk
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01.50.F-
Keywords:
PERC 2005, educational aids, multiple representations, problem solving, qualitative reasoning
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D. Rosengrant, A. Van Heuvelen, and E. Etkina, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8912&DocID=2823).
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D. Rosengrant, A. Van Heuvelen, and E. Etkina, Case Study: Students' Use of Multiple Representations in Problem Solving, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8912&DocID=2823>.
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Rosengrant, D., Van Heuvelen, A., & Etkina, E. (2005, August 10-11). Case Study: Students' Use of Multiple Representations in Problem Solving. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved September 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8912&DocID=2823
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Rosengrant, D, A. Van Heuvelen, and E. Etkina. "Case Study: Students' Use of Multiple Representations in Problem Solving." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 10-11, 2005. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8912&DocID=2823 (accessed 23 September 2014).
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Rosengrant, David, Alan Van Heuvelen, and Eugenia Etkina. "Case Study: Students' Use of Multiple Representations in Problem Solving." Physics Education Research Conference 2005. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2005. 49-52 Vol. 818 of PER Conference. 23 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8912&DocID=2823>.
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