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ERIC Number: EJ1144830
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
Color Coding of Circuit Quantities in Introductory Circuit Analysis Instruction
Reisslein, Jana; Johnson, Amy M.; Reisslein, Martin
IEEE Transactions on Education, v58 n1 p7-14 Feb 2015
Learning the analysis of electrical circuits represented by circuit diagrams is often challenging for novice students. An open research question in electrical circuit analysis instruction is whether color coding of the mathematical symbols (variables) that denote electrical quantities can improve circuit analysis learning. The present study compared two groups of high school students undergoing their first introductory learning of electrical circuit analysis. One group learned with circuit variables in black font. The other group learned with colored circuit variables, with blue font indicating variables related to voltage, red font indicating those related to current, and black font indicating those related to resistance. The color group achieved significantly higher post-test scores, gave higher ratings for liking the instruction and finding it helpful, and had lower ratings of cognitive load than the black-font group. These results indicate that color coding of the notations for quantities in electrical circuit diagrams aids the circuit analysis learning of novice students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1025163