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How accurate are physics students in evaluating changes in their understanding?
written by Therese Claire, Tija L. Tippett, and Andrew Boudreaux
An assessment question involving Newton's 2nd law was administered in a physics course for preservice elementary teachers before and again after instruction. The posttest included a prompt asking students to describe the specific ways their thinking changed. Student reasoning was coded for physics content accuracy; many students exhibited changes from primitive, experiential-based reasoning to more formal reasoning. Students' self-reported reflections were then compared to the differences in the pre- and posttest codes. We find that many students do not identify substantive changes in their reasoning, while other students reflect at only a surface level.  We also find that some students overestimate their initial level of understanding.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 87-90
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Problem Solving
= Metacognition
- Teacher Characteristics
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2015.pr.017
NSF Numbers:
1245993
1245999
1245699
PACS:
01.30.Cc
Keywords:
PERC 2015, metacognition, reasoning, reflection
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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T. Claire, T. Tippett, and A. Boudreaux, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13838&DocID=4256).
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T. Claire, T. Tippett, and A. Boudreaux, How accurate are physics students in evaluating changes in their understanding?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13838&DocID=4256>.
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Claire, T., Tippett, T., & Boudreaux, A. (2015, July 29-30). How accurate are physics students in evaluating changes in their understanding?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved March 28, 2017, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13838&DocID=4256
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Claire, T, T. Tippett, and A. Boudreaux. "How accurate are physics students in evaluating changes in their understanding?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13838&DocID=4256 (accessed 28 March 2017).
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Claire, Therese, Tija Tippett, and Andrew Boudreaux. "How accurate are physics students in evaluating changes in their understanding?." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 87-90 of PER Conference. 28 Mar. 2017 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13838&DocID=4256>.
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