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written by Patrick B. Kohl and Noah D. Finkelstein
In a previous study of a traditional, large-lecture algebra-based physics course, we demonstrated that giving students a choice of representational format when they solve quiz problems could have either significantly positive or negative performance effects, depending on the topic and representation used. Further, we see that students are not necessarily aware of the representation with which they are most competent. Here, we extend these results by considering two courses taught by a reform-style instructor. These performance data are substantially different in character, with the students from the reform courses showing much smaller performance variations when given a choice of representation. From these data, we hypothesize that students in the reform courses may be learning a broader set of representational skills than students in the traditional course. We therefore examine major components of the courses (exams, homeworks, lectures) to characterize the use of different representations. We find that the reform courses make use of richer selections of representations, and make more frequent use of multiple representations, suggesting a mechanism by which these students could have learned these broader skills.
Physics Education Research Conference 2005
Part of the PER Conference series
Salt Lake City, Utah: August 10-11, 2005
Volume 818, Pages 93-96
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
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Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Learning Theory
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
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© 2005 American Institute of Physics
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10.1063/1.2177031
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0448176
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PERC 2005, teaching
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P. Kohl and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8935&DocID=3484).
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P. Kohl and N. Finkelstein, Student Representational Competence and the Role of Instructional Environment in Introductory Physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2005, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8935&DocID=3484>.
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Kohl, P., & Finkelstein, N. (2005, August 10-11). Student Representational Competence and the Role of Instructional Environment in Introductory Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah. Retrieved November 28, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8935&DocID=3484
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Kohl, Patrick B., and Noah Finkelstein. "Student Representational Competence and the Role of Instructional Environment in Introductory Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 10-11, 2005. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8935&DocID=3484 (accessed 28 November 2014).
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Kohl, Patrick B., and Noah Finkelstein. "Student Representational Competence and the Role of Instructional Environment in Introductory Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2005. Salt Lake City, Utah: 2005. 93-96 Vol. 818 of PER Conference. 28 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=8935&DocID=3484>.
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