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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Mieke De Cock
In this paper, we examine student success on three variants of a test item given in different representational formats (verbal, pictorial, and graphical), with an isomorphic problem statement. We confirm results from recent papers where it is mentioned that physics students' problem-solving competence can vary with representational format and that solutions can be triggered by particular details of the representation. Previous studies are complemented with a fine grained analysis of solution strategies. We find that students use different problem-solving strategies, depending on the representational format in which the problem is stated.
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Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Problem/Question
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Learning Theory
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020117
PACS:
01.40.Fk
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Metadata instance created February 23, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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M. De Cock, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (2), 020117 (2012), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020117).
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M. De Cock, Representation use and strategy choice in physics problem solving, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (2), 020117 (2012), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020117>.
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De Cock, M. (2012, November 15). Representation use and strategy choice in physics problem solving. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 8(2), 020117. Retrieved October 1, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020117
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De Cock, Mieke. "Representation use and strategy choice in physics problem solving." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8, no. 2, (November 15, 2012): 020117, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020117 (accessed 1 October 2014).
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De Cock, Mieke. "Representation use and strategy choice in physics problem solving." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8.2 (2012): 020117. 1 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020117>.
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