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Addressing Barriers to Conceptual Understanding in IE Physics Classes 

written by Vincent P. Coletta and Jeffery A. Phillips

We report on the Thinking in Physics project, which helps students who demonstrate weak scientific reasoning skills, as measured by low pre-instruction scores on the Lawson Test of Scientific Reasoning Ability. Without special help, such students are unlikely to achieve a good conceptual understanding of introductory mechanics. Student participants have demonstrated post-instruction improvement on the Lawson test and significantly higher normalized FCI gains than would have been predicted on the basis of pre-instruction Lawson scores.

Published November 11, 2009
Last Modified October 4, 2009

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