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Abstract Title: Learning from Mistakes in Upper-Level Quantum Mechanics
Abstract: Helping students learn to think like a physicist is an important goal of many physics courses. One characteristic of physics experts is that they have learned how to learn and they use problem solving as an opportunity for learning. In particular, physics experts automatically reflect upon their mistakes in their problem solution in order to repair, extend and organize their knowledge structure.  Unfortunately, for many students, even in an upper-level physics course, problem solving is a missed learning opportunity. We investigated how well students in upper-level quantum mechanics learn from their mistakes and perform in the final exam when provided with explicit incentives to correct their mistakes in the midterm exams compared to those who were not given explicit incentives to correct their mistakes. Findings will be discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Benjamin Brown
University of Pittsburgh
201 Catalpa Pl
Phone: 4125138691
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh; Andrew Mason, University of Central Arkansas