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ERIC Number: ED307123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Cognitive Aids for Solving Physics Problems.
Dumas-Carre, Andree; Caillot, Michel
Most physics problem-solving studies provide data that indicate problem representation is different between experts and novices. This paper presents "cognitive aids" guiding the process of elaboration of a problem representation through intermediate representations. Intermediate means that the representation is situated somewhere between the verbal description of the problem statement and the final representation. Four cognitive aids are described including goal analysis, motion analysis, event strip, and body-interaction diagram. Two ways for teaching the cognitive aids (specific training session and integrated teaching), their respective assessment, and an interpretation of the results are presented. This paper concludes that student performance for solving mechanics problems can be improved if any teaching aims at helping students to build a useful problem representation, and learning is better if the teaching aid is not separated from the teaching of physics concepts, principles, and laws. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France