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Abstract Title: Influence of Visual Cueing and Outcome Feedback on Students’ Visual Attention during Problem Solving
Abstract: Research has shown that visual cues can facilitate problem solving by helping direct students' attention to relevant areas of a diagram. In this study, we investigate the effect of visual cues and outcome feedback on students' visual attention while solving conceptual physics problems containing a diagram. Students enrolled in introductory mechanics courses were individually interviewed using a think-aloud protocol. In the main study, students solved four sets of problems, each set containing an initial problem, four training problems, a near transfer problem, and a far transfer problem. Students in the cued condition saw visual cues on the training problems, and students in the feedback condition were told whether their responses were correct or incorrect.  In the delayed transfer study conducted two weeks later, the same students solved the near and far transfer problems from the main study. Students' visual attention on the transfer and delayed transfer problems will be discussed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Elise Agra
Kansas State University
116 Cardwell Hall
Department of Physics
Manhattan, KS 66506
and Co-Presenter(s)
Drew Johnson, Kansas State University
John Hutson, Kansas State University
Lester C. Loschky, Kansas State University
N. Sanjay Rebello, Kansas State University