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||The Role of Metacognition in Troubleshooting: An Example From Electronics
||Students in physics laboratory courses, particularly at the upper division, are often expected to engage in troubleshooting. Although there are numerous ways in which students may proceed when diagnosing a problem, not all approaches are equivalent in terms of providing meaningful insight. It is reasonable to believe that metacognition, by assisting students in making informed decisions, is an integral component of effective troubleshooting. We report on an investigation of authentic student troubleshooting in the context of junior-level electronics at two institutions. Think-aloud interviews were conducted with pairs of students as they attempted to repair a malfunctioning operational-amplifier circuit. Video data from the interviews have been analyzed to examine the relationship between each group's troubleshooting activities and instances of socially mediated metacognition.
We present an analysis of a short episode from one interview.
Kevin L. Van De Bogart
University of Maine
120 Bennett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Dimitri R. Dounas-Frazer (Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder)
Heather J. Lewandowski (Department of Physics, University of Colorado Boulder)
MacKenzie R. Stetzer (Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Maine)
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