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ERIC Number: EJ922111
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-0157-244X
University Students' Strategies for Constructing Hypothesis When Tackling Paper-and-Pencil Tasks in Physics
Guisasola, Jenaro; Ceberio, Mikel; Zubimendi, Jose Luis
Research in Science Education, v36 n3 p163-186 Sep 2006
The study we present tries to explore how first year engineering students formulate hypotheses in order to construct their own problem solving structure when confronted with problems in physics. Under the constructivistic perspective of the teaching-learning process, the formulation of hypotheses plays a key role in contrasting the coherence of the students' ideas with the theoretical frame. The main research instrument used to identify students' reasoning is the written report by the student on how they have attempted four problem solving tasks in which they have been asked explicitly to formulate hypotheses. The protocols used in the assessment of the solutions consisted of a semi-quantitative study based on grids designed for the analysis of written answers. In this paper we have included two of the tasks used and the corresponding scheme for the categorisation of the answers. Details of the other two tasks are also outlined. According to our findings we would say that the majority of students judge a hypothesis to be plausible if it is congruent with their previous knowledge without rigorously checking it against the theoretical framework explained in class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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