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Abstract Title: Understanding student preparation of exam note sheets
Abstract: In a previous study, I allowed introductory physics students to create a notecard (or sheet) for their midterm and final exams in an attempt to remove equation memorizing as a focus of the course. I hoped to use the study of these cards as an epistemological lens that would uncover their perceptions and attitudes about the course. Without follow-up questions, though, epistemology remained unclear. I have continued this line of research by adding anonymous survey questions that probe why students chose to include what they did, how (if at all) the notes were helpful, and how their card preparation changed throughout the semester.  I will discuss the analysis of both of my data streams (notes and surveys), efforts to discuss exam preparation in the classroom, and future study possibilities.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

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Primary Contact: Timothy McCaskey
Columbia College Chicago
Department of Science and Mathematics
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: 312-369-7765

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