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Abstract Title: Reflection on Problem Solving and Attitudes Towards Physics: Life Science Majors
Abstract: A pilot study was undertaken in the spring 2013 semester that introduced reflection on problem solving in the laboratory section of a second-semester algebra-based introductory physics course.  The course population typically consists primarily of biology majors, some of whom are pre-medical, and physical therapy majors. 37 students in two laboratory sections were asked to reflect on the solution one selected homework question each week during the beginning of the laboratory period.  Available diagnostics include pre- and post-test MPEX data, statistics and recorded artifacts of the students' homework and reflection attempts, and responses to a brief questionnaire about the usefulness of the reflection exercise at the end of the semester.  Data analysis explores different aspects of attitudes towards physics represented in the course's student population; plans for a future study will be guided with respect to these findings.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Andrew Mason
University of Central Arkansas
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Lewis Science Center 171
Conway, AR 72035