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Potential Relationship of Chosen Major to Problem Solving Attitudes and Course Performance
written by Andrew J. Mason
Introductory algebra-based physics courses frequently feature multiple student major populations in the same course section; however, different majors' requirements may impact students' motivations towards different aspects of the course material, e.g. problem solving, and hence, impact course performance. A preliminary categorization of student attitudes towards a lab group coordinated problem solving exercise, in which students individually reflect on their group-based problem attempt, is based upon students' written interpretations about the usefulness of the exercise: respectively towards intrinsic value of a problem solving framework, towards performing well in the course, and towards less specific aspects of the exercise.  The relationship between choice of major and this preliminary categorization for a typical algebra-based physics course is analyzed, as are trends by major and by category type in a measure of course performance. We also discuss more in-depth development of interpretation for the categorization construct via written artifacts from the problem solving exercise.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 215-218
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Education - Basic Research
- Achievement
- Problem Solving
- Student Characteristics
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Mason, A. (2015, July 29-30). Potential Relationship of Chosen Major to Problem Solving Attitudes and Course Performance. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13874&DocID=4292
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Mason, Andrew. "Potential Relationship of Chosen Major to Problem Solving Attitudes and Course Performance." 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=13874&DocID=4292 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Mason, Andrew. "Potential Relationship of Chosen Major to Problem Solving Attitudes and Course Performance." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 215-218 of PER Conference. 13 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13874&DocID=4292>.
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