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Abstract Title: Using Cognitive Apprenticeship Framework and Multiple-Possibility Problems to Enhance Epistemic Cog
Abstract: Epistemic cognition occurs when a person is solving a problem that does not have one right answer (a multiple-possibility problem), and thus she/he has to examine different possibilities, assumptions, and evaluate the outcomes. Epistemic cognition is an important part of thinking in real life. Physicists routinely engage in epistemic cognition when they solve problems. But in educational settings we polish problems and make them single-possibility problems. Thus students rarely get a chance to engage in epistemic cognition while working on problem-solving tasks. We introduced multiple-possibility physics problems in recitation sections of an algebra-based introductory physics course at Rutgers University. In this poster we describe how we incorporated the cognitive apprenticeship framework in the course and evaluated its effectiveness as a method of enhancing students' epistemic cognition level.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Vazgen Shekoyan
Queensborough Community College
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: 732-266-2968
and Co-Presenter(s)
Co-author: Eugenia Etkina