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Abstract Title: How Do Students Process a Worked Example?
Abstract: Our physics instruction for under-prepared engineering students often incorporates worked examples.  We are therefore interested in how students process a worked example in order to learn from it.  We used an eye tracker to record the eye movements of 43 introductory physics students as they read worked examples to aid them in solving difficult physics problems. Our examples are presented in a two-column format with symbolic manipulations and corresponding text explanations in adjacent columns.  Two experimental conditions are employed:  In one condition students were shown a specific "target" problem followed by worked examples to help them solve it; in the other they were told a problem to solve would follow some preparatory worked examples.  Both global trends and effects of the task will be presented.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Adam D. Smith
University of Illinois
Department of Physics
1110 West Green Streen
Urbana, IL 61801-3080
Phone: 217-244-9249
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jose Mestre
University of Illinois
Department of Physics
1110 West Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801-3080
Email:  mestre -at- illinois.edu

Brian Ross
University of Illinois
Department of Psychology
603 East Daniel Street  Room 835
Urbana, IL 61801-3080
Email:  bhross -at- illinois.edu