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Abstract Title: Usage of the Term “Force,” Reasoning Ability, and FCI Performance II
Abstract: Do students with the greatest FCI gains and reasoning abilities change how they delineate "force" from colloquial equivalents any differently than other students?  230 students enrolled in first semester algebra based physics completed FCI pre- and post-tests, Lawson's Test of Scientific Reasoning Ability (TSR) and Mechanics Language Usage instrument (MLU) pre- and post-tests.  The MLU measured changes in usages of the term "force" via multiple choice and free response items.  Results of the quantitative data were consistent with prior research but also revealed that changes in performance on the MLU bear little correlation with FCI performance (gains, pre- or post-test) or TSR performance.  Presented in this poster are the exploratory findings of the subset of students within this study who demonstrated high FCI gains (>0.60) and elevated TSR scores (> 8/12) yet did not significantly change their usage of "force" as measured by the MLU.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

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