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ERIC Number: ED158789
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Pages: 21
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The Effect of Playing a Logic Game on Student Learning in Physics.
Parsons, Ralph
The effect of playing a logic game, Master Mind, on student learning in physics was examined in this study. An experimental group of 16 Electronics Engineering Technology students played the game during class one hour per week for seven weeks. A control group of nineteen students took the course without playing the logic game. Results showed that use of the logic game developed reasoning ability to the extent that the experimental group performed better on physics exams than the control group. Because of the abstract nature of physics, understanding requires formal operational thought, however many college students are still in the concrete operational stage. Transition into the formal stage is possible if the student encounters problems requiring formal level thought while dealing with concrete objects. The logic game used in this study provided the student with non-verbal, non-mathematical, concrete experiences with hypothesis testing and control of variables. Physics laboratory exercises are analogous to the logic game in that they also require formal level thought. Further study is recommended to verify the value of the logic game as an aid to cognitive development. (TP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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