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Abstract Title: Comparing the Use of Animations and Written Solutions in Facilitating Problem Solving
Abstract: We compared the use of multimedia animations and written solutions to help students learn to solve physics problems requiring integration. Four problem solving tasks related to electricity and magnetism were designed. Initially all students attempted a pre-test problem. Then a solution to a different problem based on the same concept was shown to half of students as an animation and to the other half as a written solution. Finally, all students solved a post-test problem. Results indicate that on three out of four tasks, there was a statistically significant improvement in problem solving skills after watching both animation and written solutions.  However, no significant differences were found between the two groups.  We will present further details on how the animation and written solutions improved their problem solving skills and students' views on the use of animation or written solutions.
This work is supported in part by U.S. National Science Foundation Grant # 0816207.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Neelam Khan
Georgia Gwinnett College
1000 University Center Lane
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
and Co-Presenter(s)
1) Dong-Hai Nguyen, Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy
2) Zhongzhou Chen, University of Illinois
3) N. Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University