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written by David T. Brookes, Jose P. Mestre, and Elizabeth Stine-Morrow
We present results of a reading study that show the usefulness of probing physics students' cognitive processing by measuring reading time. According to contemporary discourse theory, when people read a text, a network of associated inferences is activated to create a mental model. If the reader encounters an idea in the text that conflicts with existing knowledge, the construction of a coherent mental model is disrupted and reading times are prolonged, as measured using a simple self-paced reading paradigm. We used this effect to study how "non-Newtonian" and "Newtonian" students create mental models of conceptual systems in physics as they read texts related to the ideas of Newton's third law, energy, and momentum. We found significant effects of prior knowledge state on patterns of reading time, suggesting that students attempt to actively integrate physics texts with their existing knowledge.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 65-68
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
= Modeling
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Communication
= Reading
- Research Design & Methodology
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2007 2007 American Institute of Physics.
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10.1063/1.2820948
PACS:
01.40.Fk 01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2007, cognitive processing, discourse theory, education, learning by example, mental model, physics, reading time, student experiments
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D. Brookes, J. Mestre, and E. Stine-Morrow, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9049&DocID=1980).
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D. Brookes, J. Mestre, and E. Stine-Morrow, Reading Time as Evidence for Mental Models in Understanding Physics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9049&DocID=1980>.
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Brookes, D., Mestre, J., & Stine-Morrow, E. (2007, August 1-2). Reading Time as Evidence for Mental Models in Understanding Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9049&DocID=1980
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Brookes, D, J. Mestre, and E. Stine-Morrow. "Reading Time as Evidence for Mental Models in Understanding Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9049&DocID=1980 (accessed 22 July 2014).
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Brookes, David T., Jose Mestre, and Elizabeth Stine-Morrow. "Reading Time as Evidence for Mental Models in Understanding Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 65-68 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 22 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9049&DocID=1980>.
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