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Surveying physics and astronomy students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving
written by Andrew J. Mason, Melanie Good, and Chandralekha Singh
We examined how introductory physics students' attitudes and approaches to problem solving compare to those of introductory astronomy students', using a previously validated survey, the Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving (AAPS) survey. In addition, we compared the performance of the introductory physics and astronomy students on the factors which were identified in a factor analysis in the original validation study. We found that introductory astronomy students' overall average AAPS score was significantly more favorable than that of introductory physics students (p < 0.01), and the effect size was large (Cohen's d = 0.81). We also found that introductory astronomy students' scores were more favorable in all clusters of questions except for one. We also found that introductory physics and astronomy students were equally capable of solving two isomorphic problems posed to them, and that the majority of introductory physics and introductory astronomy students reported that the problem posed in the astronomy context was more interesting to them. Interviews suggest that the context of astronomy in problem solving may be more interesting for students and could be one possible explanation for the more favorable AAPS scores amongst introductory astronomy students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
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Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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A. Mason, M. Good, and C. Singh, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14822&DocID=4969).
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A. Mason, M. Good, and C. Singh, Surveying physics and astronomy students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14822&DocID=4969>.
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Mason, A., Good, M., & Singh, C. (2018, August 1-2). Surveying physics and astronomy students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved January 29, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14822&DocID=4969
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Mason, A, M. Good, and C. Singh. "Surveying physics and astronomy students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14822&DocID=4969 (accessed 29 January 2020).
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Mason, Andrew, Melanie Good, and Chandralekha Singh. "Surveying physics and astronomy students’ attitudes and approaches to problem solving." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 29 Jan. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14822&DocID=4969>.
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