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Journal of Research in Science Teaching
written by Melvin C. Thornton and Robert G. Fuller
Problems which could be solved using proportional reasoning were administered nationwide by college faculty to their own science classes during a three year period. The reasoning of more than 8000 students covering three sections of the country was classified as concrete, transitional, or formal using Piagetian categories. Data from the West closely replicated that from the Midwest on similar metric conversion tasks. Student performance changed noticeably with a different problem format. The percentages of students using a ratio formula, ratio attempt, or intuitive methods of solution held approximately constant over time, task, and section of the country. The data shows the use of additive and conversion methods of solution depends upon the problem presentation.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching: Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 335-340
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10.1002/tea.3660180408
10.1002/tea.3660180408
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Piagetian Categories, Problem Solving, Proportional Reasoning
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M. Thornton and R. Fuller, , J. Res. Sci. Teaching 18 (4), 335 (1981), WWW Document, (https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=physicsfuller).
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M. Thornton and R. Fuller, How Do College Students Solve Proportion Problems?, J. Res. Sci. Teaching 18 (4), 335 (1981), <https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=physicsfuller>.
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Thornton, M., & Fuller, R. (1981, July 1). How Do College Students Solve Proportion Problems?. J. Res. Sci. Teaching, 18(4), 335-340. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=physicsfuller
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Thornton, Melvin, and Robert Fuller. "How Do College Students Solve Proportion Problems?." J. Res. Sci. Teaching. 18, no. 4, (July 1, 1981): 335-340, https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=physicsfuller (accessed 21 May 2024).
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Thornton, Melvin, and Robert Fuller. "How Do College Students Solve Proportion Problems?." J. Res. Sci. Teaching 18.4 (1981): 335-340. 21 May 2024 <https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1023&context=physicsfuller>.
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@article{ Author = "Melvin Thornton and Robert Fuller", Title = {How Do College Students Solve Proportion Problems?}, Journal = {J. Res. Sci. Teaching}, Volume = {18}, Number = {4}, Pages = {335-340}, Month = {July}, Year = {1981} }
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