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Changes to equipotential diagrams to improve student ranking of electric potential
written by Raymond Zich, Rebecca Rosenblatt, Amber Sammons, Andrew Princer, and Jeffrey Rosauer
Student issues with understanding electric potential and interpreting diagrams were explored in a prior study. The prior study showed equipotential diagram modifications of line thickness and color significantly increased student gaze times at the diagrams without increasing correctness. Students' inattention to electric charge sign and its role in electric potential was a major issue. This study implemented further modifications, based on theories of visual attention and affordance, to electric potential diagrams to increase visual salience of charge sign. Students ranked electric potentials for points on traditional or modified diagrams. Pre- and posttest comparisons and interview results showed training with modified diagrams produced correctness gains of 21% compared with gains of 11% for training with traditional diagrams, and improvement of 36% in application of a conditional rule including charge sign compared with the prior study. In-person training combined with modified diagrams yielded highest pre to post gains of 27%.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 599-604
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Communication
= Representations
- Problem Solving
= Representational Use
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electric Fields and Potential
= Electrostatic Potential and Potential Energy
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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R. Zich, R. Rosenblatt, A. Sammons, A. Princer, and J. Rosauer, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15548&DocID=5396).
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R. Zich, R. Rosenblatt, A. Sammons, A. Princer, and J. Rosauer, Changes to equipotential diagrams to improve student ranking of electric potential, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15548&DocID=5396>.
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Zich, R., Rosenblatt, R., Sammons, A., Princer, A., & Rosauer, J. (2020, July 22-23). Changes to equipotential diagrams to improve student ranking of electric potential. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15548&DocID=5396
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Zich, R, R. Rosenblatt, A. Sammons, A. Princer, and J. Rosauer. "Changes to equipotential diagrams to improve student ranking of electric potential." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15548&DocID=5396 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Zich, Raymond, Rebecca Rosenblatt, Amber Sammons, Andrew Princer, and Jeffrey Rosauer. "Changes to equipotential diagrams to improve student ranking of electric potential." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 599-604 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15548&DocID=5396>.
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