A quantitative analysis of university student reasoning lines in the field of thermally activated phenomena

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Abstract

In this contribution we present a research aimed at studying the effectiveness of two workshops in improvingreasoning skills in undergraduate students. Both the workshops are based on the Feynman Unifying Approach.A questionnaire containing six open-ended questions on the temperature dependence of evaporation of a liquidand of a chemical reaction was administered to the students of both groups before instruction. A second one,similar to the first but focused on a physical content different from both the pre-instruction test one and thecontent dealt with during the workshops, was administered after instruction. The responses to the pre- andpost-instruction questionnaires are analyzed by using Not-Hierarchical Cluster Analysis methods and students’lines of reasoning about the proposed phenomena/situations are inferred in both the experimental and thecontrol group. The implications on the efficacy of the two workshops in improving student explicative skillsare discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)012019-1-012019-13
Number of pages13
JournalJOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONFERENCE SERIES
Volume1076
Publication statusPublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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