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Abstract Title: Probing Student Ability to Construct Reasoning Chains: A New Methodology
Abstract: Students are often asked to construct qualitative reasoning chains during scaffolded, research-based physics instruction.  As part of a multi-institutional effort to investigate and assess the development of student reasoning skills in physics, we have been designing tasks that probe the extent to which students can create and evaluate reasoning chains.  In one task, students are provided with correct reasoning elements (i.e., true statements about the physical situation as well as correct concepts and mathematical relationships) and are asked to assemble them into an argument that they can use to answer a specified physics problem.  The task will be described in detail and preliminary results will be presented.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: J. Caleb Speirs
University of Maine
and Co-Presenter(s)
Name: William N. Ferm Jr.
Institution: University of Maine

Name: MacKenzie R. Stetzer
Institution: University of Maine

Name: Beth A. Lindsey
Institution: Penn State Greater Allegheny

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