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Comparing Unprompted and Prompted Student-Generated Diagrams
written by Michael Vignal and Bethany R. Wilcox
Diagrams are ubiquitous in physics, especially in physics education and problem solving. Students might generate diagrams to orient themselves to a scenario, to organize information to aid in solving a problem, or as a tool of communication to demonstrate their understanding of a physical scenario. By asking 19 undergraduate and graduate physics majors to solve a number of multiple-choice physics problems--with no prompting regarding diagrams--and then explicitly asking them to generate diagrams of similar physical scenarios, we are able to compare which elements of a scenario students externalize on their own as compared to when they are prompted. We found that different physical contexts impact how critical it is to draw an accurate diagrams, and we explore implications for teaching and research.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 551-556
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M. Vignal and B. Wilcox, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15541&DocID=5389).
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M. Vignal and B. Wilcox, Comparing Unprompted and Prompted Student-Generated Diagrams, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15541&DocID=5389>.
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Vignal, M., & Wilcox, B. (2020, July 22-23). Comparing Unprompted and Prompted Student-Generated Diagrams. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15541&DocID=5389
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Vignal, Michael, and Bethany Wilcox. "Comparing Unprompted and Prompted Student-Generated Diagrams." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15541&DocID=5389 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Vignal, Michael, and Bethany Wilcox. "Comparing Unprompted and Prompted Student-Generated Diagrams." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 551-556 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15541&DocID=5389>.
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