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Abstract Title: Effect of Self-created and Instructor-created Equation sheets on Students’ Problem Solutions
Abstract: Providing students opportunities to prepare and use their own equation sheets during testing is one of the open resources policies used in physics tests.  Some education researchers argue such policy as potential threat in degrading expert problem-solving behavior, whereas others disagree.  Over the last two years, I tried both polices in various physics classes in which some student cohorts used their self-created equation sheets  while others used instructor-created equation sheets. In order to understand the nature of students' equation sheets, I collected and examined them. A problem-solving rubric was used to analyze the problem solutions.  A comparative study will be presented on students' performance as well as on the problem solutions produced by different student cohorts. This study revealed variation of students' equation sheets from those of experts. Quality and quantity of the information contained in the equation sheets indicated a trend predicting students' problem-solving performance and strategies.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bijaya Aryal
University of Minnesota-Rochester
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