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Analyzing students’ reasoning about the inverse-square law through the lens of dual processing theories
written by Daniel B. Marsh and Rabindra R. Bajracharya
We discuss an investigation exploring students' reasoning about the inverse-square law using the perspectives of dual processing. We find that students in both introductory mathematics and physics courses have difficulties with the law when it is presented in multiple representations. More than half of the students who provided incorrect responses to the written surveys inappropriately based their reasoning on various cues in the questions without engaging in genuine conceptual thinking. One common reasoning students provided was based on the inverse relationship rather than the inverse-square relationship between two variables. We suggest that the reason for this could be due to the students' choice of an intuitive and automatic processing (system 1) over a controlled and conscious processing (system 2) while responding to the questions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 360-365
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Classical Mechanics
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D. Marsh and R. Bajracharya, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15301&DocID=5213).
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D. Marsh and R. Bajracharya, Analyzing students’ reasoning about the inverse-square law through the lens of dual processing theories, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15301&DocID=5213>.
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Marsh, D., & Bajracharya, R. (2019, July 24-25). Analyzing students’ reasoning about the inverse-square law through the lens of dual processing theories. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15301&DocID=5213
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Marsh, Daniel B., and Rabindra Bajracharya. "Analyzing students’ reasoning about the inverse-square law through the lens of dual processing theories." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15301&DocID=5213 (accessed 17 October 2021).
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Marsh, Daniel B., and Rabindra Bajracharya. "Analyzing students’ reasoning about the inverse-square law through the lens of dual processing theories." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 360-365 of PER Conference. 17 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15301&DocID=5213>.
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