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Abstract Title: Multiple representations and epistemic games in introductory physics exam solutions
Abstract: Previous analysis of common exam questions in introductory physics at Florida International University has revealed differences in the number and type of epistemic games played by students in their solutions.  Separated by course format (lecture/lab, lecture/lab/recitation, or inquiry-based), student work also shows varying use of multiple representational tools.  Here we examine representation use in more detail to establish a descriptive picture of representation use across multiple instructors and course formats.  We then compare these profiles with the epistemic games played by students, asking whether the same epistemic game shows the same pattern of representational tools across course types.  This study connects two neighboring areas of the problem-solving research literature and probes the extent to which representation use serves as a proxy for a more lengthy epistemic games analysis.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Adrienne L. Traxler
Florida International University, Department of Physics
11200 SW 8th St
CP 204
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-348-5946
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jonathan V. Mahadeo (Florida International University, Department of Physics)
Daryl McPadden (Florida International University, Department of Physics)
Eric Brewe (Florida International University, Department of Teaching and Learning)

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