Students' cognitions when using an instructional CD for introductory thermodynamics

Roman Taraban, Arne Weigold, Edward E. Andersen, M. P. Sharma

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We collected "think-aloud" protocols and questionnaire data in order to examine students' cognitions while using an instructional CD for introductory thermodynamics. Science majors, who had not previously taken a thermodynamics course, worked with the CD, and while doing so, provided spoken comments on what they were doing and thinking. The data were used to evaluate students' levels of background knowledge, their metacognitive abilities, and the usability of the CD. Furthermore, the students filled out a questionnaire in which they compared using the CD to using a textbook and notes, provided information about the comprehension strategies they used for the CD, textbook, and lecture notes, and made suggestions for improving the CD. Additional data from science students suggests a need to make the CD more effective in engaging metacognitive processing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13403-13414
Number of pages12
JournalASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - 2005
Event2005 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: The Changing Landscape of Engineering and Technology Education in a Global World - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Jun 12 2005Jun 15 2005


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