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American Journal of Physics
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A study involving 338 students in six different lower-division physics courses is reported in which students' Piagetian levels of intellectual development as determined by a written questionnaire versus final semester grades are compared. A good correlation would provide the instructor with a useful counseling tool while a poor or zero correlation would not. In either case, the questionnaire results can guide the selection of instructional materials and techniques for the class. The correlation coefficients were found to be positive, but low, for the grades A, B, and C, and the statistical scatter diagrams show a wide spread of Piagetian levels of intellectual development within each letter grade level. Other factors than the ability to think logically appear to be of greater importance for the D group, and no correlation can be seen for the W's and F's. The wide spread of Piagetian levels of thought for each grade level suggests that students can somehow attain passing, if not high, grades in the more elementary of these courses even though they appear to lack the ability to think formally, at least at the beginning of the course. Logical thought appears to be a more necessary attribute as students progress through the engineering physics sequence, however.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 45, Issue 9, Pages 841-847
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© 1977 American Journal of Physics
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10.1119/1.11059
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Piagetian levels of intellectual development, correlation coefficients, engineering physics, logical thinking, undergraduate physics, written questionnaire
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G. Barnes, Am. J. Phys. 45 (9), 841 (1977), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.11059).
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G. Barnes, Scores on a Piaget-type questionnaire versus semester grades for lower-division college physics students, Am. J. Phys. 45 (9), 841 (1977), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.11059>.
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Barnes, G. (1977, September 1). Scores on a Piaget-type questionnaire versus semester grades for lower-division college physics students. Am. J. Phys., 45(9), 841-847. Retrieved February 28, 2021, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.11059
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Barnes, George. "Scores on a Piaget-type questionnaire versus semester grades for lower-division college physics students." Am. J. Phys. 45, no. 9, (September 1, 1977): 841-847, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.11059 (accessed 28 February 2021).
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Barnes, George. "Scores on a Piaget-type questionnaire versus semester grades for lower-division college physics students." Am. J. Phys. 45.9 (1977): 841-847. 28 Feb. 2021 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.11059>.
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