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Abstract Title: Influence of Visual Cues on Eye Movements and Reasoning in Physics Problems
Abstract: Research in several disciplines has shown that using visual cues to focus learners attention on relevant areas in diagrams and animations can increase comprehension and facilitate problem solving. We investigate the effectiveness of visual cues in introductory conceptual physics problems containing a diagram with respect to comprehension and transfer of physics concepts. We also investigate to what extent viewing short duration visual cues influences eye movements. Students in the treatment group saw an initial problem, and if they answered incorrectly, were shown a series of similar problems each overlaid with dynamic visual cues that related to the correct solution. Students in the control group saw the same problems, but without any visual cues.  Students in both groups verbally explained their reasoning after each question and answered transfer problems without cues. We report on students' eye movements while answering the questions, the correctness of answers and verbal reasoning for their answers.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Adrian Madsen
Kansas State University
403 Cardwell Hall
Manhattan, KS 66502
Phone: 9703104276
and Co-Presenter(s)
Adam Larson, Kansas State University
Amy Rouinfar, Kansas State University
Allison Coy, Kansas State University
Lester Loschky, Kansas State University
N. Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University