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The effect of giving explicit incentives to correct mistakes on subsequent problem solving in quantum mechanics
written by Benjamin R. Brown, Chandralekha Singh, and Andrew J. Mason
One attribute of experts is that they are likely to learn from their own mistakes. Experts are unlikely to make the same mistakes when asked to solve a problem a second time, especially if they have had access to a correct solution. Here, we discuss a study spanning several years in which advanced undergraduate physics students in a quantum mechanics course were given identical problems in both the midterm exam and final exam. Approximately half of the students were given incentives to correct their mistakes in the midterm exam and they could get back up to 50% of the points lost on each midterm exam problem. The solutions to the midterm exam problems were provided to all students in both groups but those who corrected their mistakes were provided the solution after they submitted their corrections to the instructor. The performance on the final exam on the same problems suggests that students who were given incentives to correct their mistakes significantly outperformed those who were not given an incentive. The incentive to correct the mistakes had the greatest impact on the final exam performance of students who performed poorly on the midterm exam.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 67-70
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B. Brown, C. Singh, and A. Mason, The effect of giving explicit incentives to correct mistakes on subsequent problem solving in quantum mechanics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13839&DocID=4257>.
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Brown, B., Singh, C., & Mason, A. (2015, July 29-30). The effect of giving explicit incentives to correct mistakes on subsequent problem solving in quantum mechanics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13839&DocID=4257
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Brown, B, C. Singh, and A. Mason. "The effect of giving explicit incentives to correct mistakes on subsequent problem solving in quantum mechanics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13839&DocID=4257 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Brown, Benjamin, Chandralekha Singh, and Andrew Mason. "The effect of giving explicit incentives to correct mistakes on subsequent problem solving in quantum mechanics." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 67-70 of PER Conference. 16 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13839&DocID=4257>.
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