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American Journal of Physics
written by Lei Bao, Kei Fang, Tianfang Cai, Jing Wang, Lijia Yang, Lili Cui, Jing Han, Lin Ding, and Ying Luo
This paper reports the results of our study of the connections between students' learning of physics content knowledge and the development of general scientific reasoning abilities. In particular, we seek to determine whether and to what extent content learning affects the development of general reasoning abilities. Pre-college-instruction data of first-year college students in the United States and China were collected using the FCI, BEMA, and Lawson's classroom test of scientific reasoning. We find that the rigorous learning of physics knowledge in middle and high schools has made a significant impact on the ability of students in China to solve physics problems, but this knowledge does not seem to have a direct effect on their general scientific reasoning ability, which is determined to be at the same level as that of the students in the United States.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 77, Issue 12, Pages 1118-1123
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Education - Basic Research
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= Instruments
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
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= Statistics
- Sample Population
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
= Skills
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= Content Knowledge
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Electricity & Magnetism
- General
General Physics
- Scientific Reasoning
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10.1119/1.2976334
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DUE-0618128
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L. Bao, K. Fang, T. Cai, J. Wang, L. Yang, L. Cui, J. Han, L. Ding, and Y. Luo, , Am. J. Phys. 77 (12), 1118 (2009), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2976334).
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L. Bao, K. Fang, T. Cai, J. Wang, L. Yang, L. Cui, J. Han, L. Ding, and Y. Luo, Learning of content knowledge and development of scientific reasoning ability: A cross culture comparison, Am. J. Phys. 77 (12), 1118 (2009), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2976334>.
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Bao, L., Fang, K., Cai, T., Wang, J., Yang, L., Cui, L., Han, J., Ding, L., & Luo, Y. (2009, November 17). Learning of content knowledge and development of scientific reasoning ability: A cross culture comparison. Am. J. Phys., 77(12), 1118-1123. Retrieved September 30, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2976334
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Bao, L, K. Fang, T. Cai, J. Wang, L. Yang, L. Cui, J. Han, L. Ding, and Y. Luo. "Learning of content knowledge and development of scientific reasoning ability: A cross culture comparison." Am. J. Phys. 77, no. 12, (November 17, 2009): 1118-1123, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2976334 (accessed 30 September 2022).
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Bao, Lei, Kei Fang, Tianfang Cai, Jing Wang, Lijia Yang, Lili Cui, Jing Han, Lin Ding, and Ying Luo. "Learning of content knowledge and development of scientific reasoning ability: A cross culture comparison." Am. J. Phys. 77.12 (2009): 1118-1123. 30 Sep. 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2976334>.
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