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Effect of Problem Solutions on Students' Reasoning Patterns on Conceptual Physics Problems
written by Xian Wu, Tianlong Zu, Elise Agra, and N. Sanjay Rebello
Conceptual knowledge is only one part of what students need to learn to solve problems. Knowing how to reason through a problem is also an important skill. In this paper, we study the effects of a computer-based training on students' reasoning on introductory physics problems. Participants solved three sets of conceptual problems, each of them containing three training problems with solutions followed by one near transfer problem and one far transfer problem. We analyzed students' verbal answers to elucidate the reasoning resources that they activated to construct the different explanations to the problems. We found that the students changed their reasoning when presented with solutions to training problems and later posed a transfer problem. Our results provide insights into students' activation of their resources and the procedure they used to construct their reasoning in response to the training problems.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 279 - 282
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.066
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1348857
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
PERC 2014, multimedia learning, problem solving, resources, transfer
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X. Wu, T. Zu, E. Agra, and N. Rebello, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13505&DocID=4100).
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X. Wu, T. Zu, E. Agra, and N. Rebello, Effect of Problem Solutions on Students' Reasoning Patterns on Conceptual Physics Problems, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13505&DocID=4100>.
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Wu, X., Zu, T., Agra, E., & Rebello, N. (2014, July 30-31). Effect of Problem Solutions on Students' Reasoning Patterns on Conceptual Physics Problems. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13505&DocID=4100
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Wu, X, T. Zu, E. Agra, and N. Rebello. "Effect of Problem Solutions on Students' Reasoning Patterns on Conceptual Physics Problems." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13505&DocID=4100 (accessed 12 December 2017).
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Wu, Xian, Tianlong Zu, Elise Agra, and N. Sanjay Rebello. "Effect of Problem Solutions on Students' Reasoning Patterns on Conceptual Physics Problems." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 279 - 282 of PER Conference. 12 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13505&DocID=4100>.
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