Sample Exams And Transfer In Introductory Mechanics

Koleci, Carolann
September 2005
AIP Conference Proceedings;2005, Vol. 790 Issue 1, p161
Conference Proceeding
Why do novices use examples so extensively, no matter which subject area? Examples are often helpful because they reveal how to get from problem descriptions to theoretical re-formulations. Moreover, problem solving in semantically rich domains, like physics, requires one to translate a given problem description into theoretical concepts. We address some of the important issues of knowledge transfer, in the context of introductory mechanics, using data from an on-going sample-exam study conducted at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. © 2005 American Institute of Physics


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