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Transformative Experiences and Conceptual Understanding of Force and Motion
written by Brian W. Frank and Paul Mittura
This research investigates relationships between students' understanding of force and motion as measured by the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) and their out-of-school engagement as measured by the Transformative Experience (TE) Survey. Surveys were administered in an introductory algebra-based physics course (N = 68 completely matched). Positive correlations are observed between students' overall TE scores and FCI pre and post scores (r = 0.4, p < 0.005). Correlations between TE scores and FCI gains and normalized gains, however, are not statistically discernable from zero. These preliminary results suggest that students with a better understanding of force and motion concepts may more readily engage with content outside of the class, but such out-of-school engagement may not be contributing to further learning gains. We conclude with a discussion of how responses to individual statements on the TE survey vary between students in the top and bottom quartiles based on FCI performance.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 91-94
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.019
NSF Numbers:
1140785
1140784
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2014, Transformative experience, force concept inventory, student engagement
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Metadata instance created April 24, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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June 1, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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B. Frank and P. Mittura, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13456&DocID=4055).
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B. Frank and P. Mittura, Transformative Experiences and Conceptual Understanding of Force and Motion, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13456&DocID=4055>.
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Frank, B., & Mittura, P. (2014, July 30-31). Transformative Experiences and Conceptual Understanding of Force and Motion. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13456&DocID=4055
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Frank, Brian, and Paul Mittura. "Transformative Experiences and Conceptual Understanding of Force and Motion." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13456&DocID=4055 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Frank, Brian, and Paul Mittura. "Transformative Experiences and Conceptual Understanding of Force and Motion." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 91-94 of PER Conference. 17 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13456&DocID=4055>.
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