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written by Bashirah Ibrahim and N. Sanjay Rebello
The study investigates the kinds of mental representations constructed by engineering students at Kansas State University when solving problems in the context of kinematics. A cohort of 19 students completed six non-directed tasks posed in different representational forms (mathematical, linguistic and graphical) requiring the generation of linguistic or mathematical models. Individual interviews were conducted immediately after completing the tasks. Based on the students' actions when solving the problems together with their interview responses, two main profiles emerged from the data. The profiles were then related to Johnson-Laird cognitive framework for inferring about the categories of cognitive structures. The framework proposes three types of internal constructs: propositional representations, mental models and mental images. It is argued that comprehension occurs upon the construction of mental models. However, this study revealed that a majority (11 in 19) of the participants use propositional representation while the remaining students construct a mental image
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 219-222
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- Cognition
- Learning Theory
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- Problem Solving
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© 2011 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3680034
NSF Number:
0816207
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2011, cognitive framework, kinematics, mental representations, problem solving
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B. Ibrahim and N. Rebello, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11851&DocID=2702).
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B. Ibrahim and N. Rebello, Using Johnson-Laird's cognitive framework of sense-making to characterize engineering students' mental representations in kinematics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11851&DocID=2702>.
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Ibrahim, B., & Rebello, N. (2011, August 3-4). Using Johnson-Laird's cognitive framework of sense-making to characterize engineering students' mental representations in kinematics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved July 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11851&DocID=2702
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Ibrahim, Bashirah, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Using Johnson-Laird's cognitive framework of sense-making to characterize engineering students' mental representations in kinematics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11851&DocID=2702 (accessed 29 July 2014).
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Ibrahim, Bashirah, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Using Johnson-Laird's cognitive framework of sense-making to characterize engineering students' mental representations in kinematics." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 219-222 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 29 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11851&DocID=2702>.
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