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Pedagogy and/or technology: Making difference in improving students’ problem solving skills
written by Zdeslav Hrepic, Katherine Lodder, and Kimberly A. Shaw
Pen input computers combined with interactive software may have substantial potential for promoting active instructional methodologies and for facilitating students' problem solving ability. An excellent example is a study in which introductory physics students improved retention, conceptual understanding and problem solving abilities when one of three weekly lectures was replaced with group problem solving sessions facilitated with Tablet PCs and DyKnow software [1,2]. The research goal of the present study was to isolate the effect of the methodology itself (using additional time to teach problem solving) from that of the involved technology. In Fall 2011 we compared the performance of students taking the same introductory physics lecture course while enrolled in two separate problem-solving sections. One section used pen-based computing to facilitate group problem solving while the other section used low-tech methods for one third of the semester (covering Kinematics), and then traded technologies for the middle third of the term (covering Dynamics). Analysis of quiz, exam and standardized pre-post test results indicated no significant difference in scores of the two groups. Combining this result with those of previous studies implies primacy of pedagogy (collaborative problem solving itself) over technology for student learning in problem solving recitations.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 182-185
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10.1063/1.4789682
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Computers in education, DyKnow, PERC 2012, Problem solving, Tablet PC
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Z. Hrepic, K. Lodder, and K. Shaw, Pedagogy and/or technology: Making difference in improving students’ problem solving skills, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12806&DocID=3340>.
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Hrepic, Z., Lodder, K., & Shaw, K. (2012, August 1-2). Pedagogy and/or technology: Making difference in improving students’ problem solving skills. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved June 24, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12806&DocID=3340
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Hrepic, Z, K. Lodder, and K. Shaw. "Pedagogy and/or technology: Making difference in improving students’ problem solving skills." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12806&DocID=3340 (accessed 24 June 2019).
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Hrepic, Zdeslav, Katherine Lodder, and Kimberly Shaw. "Pedagogy and/or technology: Making difference in improving students’ problem solving skills." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 182-185 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 24 June 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12806&DocID=3340>.
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