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Abstract Title: Using problem-posing tasks to assess physics students’ metacognition and self-efficacy
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: This paper presents the results of a pilot study in which students were classified by their metacognition and self-efficacy in a physics context. Students from an algebra-based physics course participated in multiple one- on-one interviews and completed an online survey in order to evaluate them on both of these characteristics. During the interviews, problem-posing tasks were administered to students; in these tasks, students were asked to write textbook-like problems that used specific physics concepts and constraints. Problem-posing tasks were chosen for this study because they are more challenging and less familiar to students, requiring them to employ metacognition and possess high self-efficacy to succeed. From students' responses, a model, which can serve as a guide for instructors, was developed. The model consists of two axes, metacognition and self-efficacy, which form a two-dimensional space that is divided into four quadrants. Student participants were identified to be in one of four the four quadrants: self-assured (high metacognition, high self-efficacy), self-critical (high metacognition, low self-efficacy), self-limited (low metacognition, low self-efficacy) and self-illusioning (low metacognition, high self-efficacy). This paper will discuss the characteristics of each of these categories as well as some implications for students and instructors.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-47

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jeffrey A. Phillips
Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 310-338-7811
and Co-Presenter(s)
Alexander R. Moore (he/ him), Loyola Marymount University