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How Freshmen Generate Evidence for Reasoning in Physics and Non-physics Tasks?
written by Bashirah Ibrahim and Lin Ding
We explore students' sources of self-generated evidence and their meta-cognition when they solve physics and non-physics questions. Our sample comprises 50 freshmen taking or having taken introductory physics. Each student participated in a one-hour interview to complete five open-ended reasoning questions taken from published instruments. Two questions are non-physics that deal with correlation of variables. The three physics questions pertain to the topic of energy. Results indicate that for the non-physics questions, the students mainly used given information in the task as source of evidence. They realized that everyday experiences or assumptions were informal ideas and hence assigned them less weight in generating the evidence. For the physics questions, the students did not realize that they used informal ideas. They packaged informal knowledge in the form of formal physics knowledge. These outcomes may be explained by the ease with which the students dealt with the context of the questions coupled with a high cognitive load associated with processing multiple pieces of information when students tackled qualitative questions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Education - Basic Research
- Problem Solving
= Metacognition
= Representational Use
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Ibrahim
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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B. Ibrahim and L. Ding, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14800&DocID=4947).
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B. Ibrahim and L. Ding, How Freshmen Generate Evidence for Reasoning in Physics and Non-physics Tasks?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14800&DocID=4947>.
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Ibrahim, B., & Ding, L. (2018, August 1-2). How Freshmen Generate Evidence for Reasoning in Physics and Non-physics Tasks?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved March 3, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14800&DocID=4947
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Ibrahim, Bashirah, and Lin Ding. "How Freshmen Generate Evidence for Reasoning in Physics and Non-physics Tasks?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14800&DocID=4947 (accessed 3 March 2021).
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Ibrahim, Bashirah, and Lin Ding. "How Freshmen Generate Evidence for Reasoning in Physics and Non-physics Tasks?." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 3 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14800&DocID=4947>.
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