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written by Eugenia Etkina, Anna Karelina, and Maria Ruibal Villasenor
Students taking introductory physics courses not only need to learn the fundamental concepts and to solve simple problems but also need to learn to approach more complex problems and to reason like scientists. Hypothetical-deductive reasoning is considered one of the most important types of reasoning employed by scientists. If-then logic allows students to test hypotheses and reject those that are not supported by testing experiments. Can we teach students to reason hypothetical-deductively and to apply this reasoning to problems outside of physics? This study investigates the development and transfer from physics to real life of hypothetical-deductive reasoning abilities by students enrolled in an introductory physics course at a large state university. The abilities include formulating hypotheses and making predictions concerning the outcomes of testing experiments. (The work was supported by NSF grant REC 0529065.)
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 81-84
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Education - Basic Research
- Cognition
- Learning Theory
= Transfer
General Physics
- Scientific Reasoning
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508696
NSF Number:
0529065
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gf
01.50.Kw
Keywords:
Hypothetical-deductive reasoning, PERC 2006, cognition, student experiments
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E. Etkina, A. Karelina, and M. Ruibal Villasenor, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5235&DocID=2104).
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E. Etkina, A. Karelina, and M. Ruibal Villasenor, Studying Transfer Of Scientific Reasoning Abilities, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5235&DocID=2104>.
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Etkina, E., Karelina, A., & Ruibal Villasenor, M. (2006, July 26-27). Studying Transfer Of Scientific Reasoning Abilities. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved December 18, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5235&DocID=2104
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Etkina, E, A. Karelina, and M. Ruibal Villasenor. "Studying Transfer Of Scientific Reasoning Abilities." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5235&DocID=2104 (accessed 18 December 2014).
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Etkina, Eugenia, Anna Karelina, and Maria Ruibal Villasenor. "Studying Transfer Of Scientific Reasoning Abilities." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 81-84 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 18 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5235&DocID=2104>.
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