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A comparison of the impact of 3 forms of "hands-on" activities for learners with different scientific reasoning abilities
written by Susan M. Fischer, Elise Agra, and Sian L. Beilock
We have developed a set of activities designed to aid student understanding of torque and center of gravity. The activities exist in three forms, each appropriate for a group member engaged in a "hands-on" classroom experience: embodied, involving balancing objects on one's hands, traditional hands-on, involving a meter stick balanced on a fulcrum, and observation of an experimenter performing the embodied activity. Our study is outside of the classroom and includes two populations of learners with significantly different abilities at pre-test. We find that the different types of training impact the two populations differently. In particular, participants with lower overall pre-test accuracies who observe the embodied activity show poorer gains on torque questions requiring proportional reasoning than participants with hands-on or embodied training, while observer participants with higher overall pre-test accuracies achieve high gains on even the more challenging transfer problems.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 132-135
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Statics of Rigid Bodies
= Center of Gravity
= Static Torque
Education - Applied Research
- Instructional Material Design
= Activity
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Student Characteristics
General Physics
- Scientific Reasoning
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.028
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1348614
Keywords:
PERC 2017, center of gravity, embodied cognition, proportional reasoning, scientific reasoning, torque
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Fischer, E. Agra, and S. Beilock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14587&DocID=4764).
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S. Fischer, E. Agra, and S. Beilock, A comparison of the impact of 3 forms of "hands-on" activities for learners with different scientific reasoning abilities, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14587&DocID=4764>.
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Fischer, S., Agra, E., & Beilock, S. (2017, July 26-27). A comparison of the impact of 3 forms of "hands-on" activities for learners with different scientific reasoning abilities. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved February 16, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14587&DocID=4764
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Fischer, S, E. Agra, and S. Beilock. "A comparison of the impact of 3 forms of "hands-on" activities for learners with different scientific reasoning abilities." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14587&DocID=4764 (accessed 16 February 2020).
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Fischer, Susan, Elise Agra, and Sian Beilock. "A comparison of the impact of 3 forms of "hands-on" activities for learners with different scientific reasoning abilities." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 132-135 of PER Conference. 16 Feb. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14587&DocID=4764>.
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