Use of structure maps to facilitate problem solving in algebra-based physics

Fran Mateycik, David H. Jonassen, N. Sanjay Rebello

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In this study we explore the use of expert-designed structure maps by students in an algebra-based physics course and the evolution of these maps based upon students' reactions and feedback collected over one semester. The participants were trained to use structure maps while solving problems sharing similar deep-structure elements. They met for one hour every week to work on the problems using the maps. We report here on the ways in which students used the structure maps during the interviews, the difficulties faced by students as they attempted to use these maps as well as the feedback offered by students regarding the maps. We also report on how we changed the maps based on feedback from the students and to facilitate their use during problem solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2008 Physics Education Research Conference
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 Physics Education Research Conference - Edmonton, Canada
Duration: Jul 23 2008Jul 24 2008

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other2008 Physics Education Research Conference

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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