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ERIC Number: EJ1162297
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Designing Efficient Self-Diagnosis Activities in the Physics Classroom
Safadi, Rafi'
Physics Teacher, v55 n9 p575-579 Dec 2017
Self-diagnosis (SD) activities require students to self-diagnose their solutions to problems that they solved on their own. This involves identifying where they went wrong and then explaining the nature of their errors--why they went wrong--aided by some form of support. Worked examples (WEs) are often used to support students in SD activities. A WE is a step-by-step demonstration of how to solve a problem. One unresolved issue is why students fail to exploit WEs in SD exercises. Yerushalmi et al., for instance, provided students with written WEs and asked them to self-diagnose their solutions with respect to these WEs. These authors found no correlation between students' SD performance and their subsequent problem-solving performance on transfer problems, suggesting that students had only superficially exploited the written WEs. The aim of this article is to describe a new SD activity that was developed to prompt students to effectively use written WEs when self-diagnosing, and to examine its effectiveness in advancing students' learning in physics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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