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Abstract Title: Effect of Training on Students’ Reasoning Patterns on Conceptual Physics Problems
Abstract: Conceptual knowledge is only one part of what students need to learn to solve problems. Knowing how to reason through a problem is also an important skill. In this paper, we study the effects of computer-based training on students' reasoning on introductory physics problems. Participants solved four sets of conceptual problems, each of them containing three training problems with solutions followed by one near transfer problem and one far transfer problem. We analyzed students' verbal answers to elucidate the reasoning resources that they activated to construct the different explanations to the problems. We found that the students changed their reasoning dramatically through the process as they were presented with solutions to training problems and later posed a transfer problem. Our results provide insights into students' activation of their resources and the procedure they used to construct their reasoning in response to the training problems.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Xian Wu
Kansas State University
116 Cardwell Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
and Co-Presenter(s)
Elise Agra, Kansas State University
Claudia Fracchiolla, Kansas State University
N. Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University

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