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Abstract Title: Why is This Sentence True: A Study of Learning to Read a Textbook
Abstract: Students have difficulties comprehending science texts. The interrogation method, which prompts students to read sentences from the text and answer, "Why is this true?" has been developed to enhance students' ability to read science texts. To enact this method, instructors must choose sentences that are both important conceptually and deeply interrogatable. We explored the use of this method in an introductory physics course for non-physics majors. The teaching assistants, learning assistants, and the course instructor chose sentences for each chapter of the text, and the students were asked to interrogate 2-4 of the sentences each chapter. We analyzed the conceptual importance of the sentences and their interrogatability, as well as their underlying epistemologies. We then analyzed the accuracy and epistemologies of the student responses. Based on the analysis of the chosen sentences and student responses, we developed a model for choosing productive sentences to interrogate.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Robert Zisk
Rutgers University
10 Seminary Pl
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: 732-672-9432
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Elana Resnick, Rutgers University
Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University

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