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Abstract Title: Investigating the Effects of Mastery-Style Homework in Introductory Mechanics
Abstract: We report on a series of clinical studies involving the effects of mastery-style homework on students in introductory mechanics courses.  These studies involved students both from the first-semester calculus-based mechanics course for physical science and engineering majors as well as from the first-semester algebra-based mechanics course which primarily serves life science majors.  Volunteering students were randomly divided into two groups.  Each group worked through a series of standard homework questions in either the traditional format or in the mastery-style format.  Both groups then took a short post-test on the material covered.  We compare the performance of the students in the two different groups, as well as in the two different courses.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: William R. Evans
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1110 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 801-318-7768
and Co-Presenter(s)
Mats Selen -- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign