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written by Alexandru Maries and Chandralekha Singh
Drawing appropriate diagrams is a useful problem solving heuristic that can transform a given problem into a representation that is easier to exploit for solving it. A major focus while helping introductory physics students learn problem solving is to help them appreciate that drawing diagrams facilitates problem solution. We conducted an investigation in which 111 students in an algebra-based introductory physics course were subjected to two different interventions during recitation quizzes throughout the semester. They were either (1) asked to solve problems in which the diagrams were drawn for them or (2) explicitly told to draw a diagram. A comparison group was not given any instruction regarding diagrams. We developed a rubric to score the problem-solving performance of students in different intervention groups. We investigated two problems involving electric field and electric force and found that students who draw expert-like diagrams are more successful problem solvers and that a higher level of detail in a student's diagram corresponds to a better score.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 282-285
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Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
Education - Basic Research
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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10.1063/1.4789707
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01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
01.40.gb
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Epistemology, PERC 2012, Problem-solving, Representation
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A. Maries and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12834&DocID=3367).
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A. Maries and C. Singh, To use or not to use diagrams: The effect of drawing a diagram in solving introductory physics problems, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12834&DocID=3367>.
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Maries, A., & Singh, C. (2012, August 1-2). To use or not to use diagrams: The effect of drawing a diagram in solving introductory physics problems. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved October 1, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12834&DocID=3367
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Maries, Alexandru, and Chandralekha Singh. "To use or not to use diagrams: The effect of drawing a diagram in solving introductory physics problems." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12834&DocID=3367 (accessed 1 October 2014).
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Maries, Alexandru, and Chandralekha Singh. "To use or not to use diagrams: The effect of drawing a diagram in solving introductory physics problems." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 282-285 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 1 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12834&DocID=3367>.
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