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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The use of hand-constructed graphs in Microcomputer-Based Laboratories for kinematics instruction
by Tubbs, Marcus A., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 54; 1526963
Abstract (Summary)

This study seeks to extend the work done by Brasell and Beichner on the effect of the Microcomputer-Based Laboratory (MBL) on the quality of instruction in kinematics.

In this thesis, we investigate the idea that the automatic graphing process involved in a typical kinematics MBL has a black box effect on student understanding. In order to make students focus on the values that create the graph, a group of students first experienced kinematic graphs by drawing by hand before performing the MBL as normal. After testing this treatment with 246 students (141 received treatment, 105 were kept as a control), the results showed that there was a slightly positive but insignificant difference in gains between the two groups (p = 0.362), as measured by Beichner's Test for Understanding Graphs in Kinematics (TUG-K).

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gu, Jiyeong
Commitee: Henriques, Laura, Kwon, Chuhee
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Physics and Astronomy
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Physics, Science education
Keywords: Kinematics, Microcomputer-Based Laboratory
Publication Number: 1526963
ISBN: 978-1-321-27763-0
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